The VW CC is an updated version of the existing Passat CC, complete with the latest family looks but without the Passat name.
Presumably the loss of the Passat name is an effort to distance Volkswagen CC from its worthy-but-dull saloon and estate cousins.
Either way, this is not an entirely new car – but rather an extensive overhaul of the previous model. The new styling focuses on horizontal lines, with new bumpers front and rear, plus a new grille and revised bonnet.
More sculpted side skirts increase the car’s definition in profile, while new LED lights are intended to add further drama. The frameless side windows – a key coupé design cue – carry over as before.
More safety kit for Volkswagen CC
Additional standard safety equipment for the new VW CC includes a driver alert system first introduced on the latest Passat, plus anti-whiplash headrests.
The driver alert system monitors the driver for signs of fatigue in an effort to warn them before they fall asleep at the wheel, while the headrests offer four-way adjustment.
Other optional safety equipment includes High Beam Assist to automatically control the main beam function of the headlights, Lane Assist to prevent you drifting out of the lane you’re driving in, Side Assist blind spot monitors and adaptive cruise control with City Emergency Brake.
For an extra touch of luxury, new ‘climate’ front seats offering cooling and heating with a massage function are available, and you can also specify a rear-view camera. This hides behind the VW badge that also doubles as the boot handle.
An electrically deployed rear towbar is set to join the options list, too.
Four CC engines from March 2012
Full UK pricing and specification details will be announced when the order books open early next year, but VW has confirmed the initial engine line-up.
This features 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engines, providing 158bhp and 207bhp respectively. The turbodiesel alternatives consist of 138bhp and 167bhp variants of the familiar 2.0-litre TDI unit.
All VW CCs with over 168bhp will come with the XDS electronic diff as standard. Already fitted on high performance Volkswagens such as the Golf GTI, this is designed to improve traction and cornering grip.
The new Volkswagen CC is scheduled reach UK dealerships in March 2012.