THE new CC, which made its début at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is Volkswagen’s attempt at enhancing the Passat.
The new CC offers the same blend of four-door practicality and sleek coupé-like styling as its predecessor, the Passat CC, but is updated to incorporate Volkswagen’s new design DNA.
At the front, the new radiator grille has strong horizontal lines, flanked by new bi-Xenon headlights and topped with a re-profiled bonnet. The bumper is different, too, with a new extra air intake, and silver-coloured winglets that frame the fog lights.
Along the side, the frameless doors are carried over from the previous model, but more sculpted sills, revised bumpers and the new bonnet, add up to create a subtly updated silhouette.
The rear bumper has also been completely redesigned, with more emphasis on horizontal lines and a reworking of the characteristic chrome strip. The taillights are new as well, not just in their more dramatic design, but in their use of LEDs. The number plate lights are also now LED. As before, the Volkswagen logo doubles as the handle for the boot, and it can now optionally contain a rear-view camera. There’s one last change at the rear, too, and that is: Passat has been dropped from the name.
The comprehensive standard specification includes RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation system, DAB digital radio, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, two-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlights and brake energy recuperation on all models. Safety features include a driver alert system, electronic stabilisation programme and four-way adjustable front head restraints, to reduce the risk of whiplash injuries.
Move up to GT trim and the equipment becomes sybaritic, with heated front seats, full Nappa leather upholstery, three-mode adaptive chassis control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and heat-insulating tinted glass from the B-pillar back, all included as standard.
Options include high beam assist, which automatically controls dipping of the headlights; side assist, which monitors the vehicle’s blind spot; lane assist and adaptive cruise control with city emergency braking function; a rear-view camera; front climate seats with massage function and an electrically deployed tow bar.
From launch, the UK engine range will comprise 1.8-litre TSI 117kW or 2.0-litre TSI 154kW petrol engines and a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel with either 102kW or 125kW. All models with 125kW or more also get a standard XDS differential and an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling.