New VW CC unveiled

  • Face-lifted sleek saloon
  • Now called CC
  • On sale early 2012
VW Passat CC
VW Passat CC
This is the new Volkswagen CC, which will make its public debut at the LA Auto Show later this month.

It's a face-lifted version of the current Passat CC, but the 'Passat' part of the name has been dropped, so it's now simply called Volkswagen CC. The updated car has a new look, and more high-tech features are available.

At the front, a new bonnet, grille, bumper and headlights bring the CC into line with the latest VW family look. New lights – with LED details – and a reshaped bumper give the rear a fresh look, while there are more sculpted side sills and new alloy wheel designs.

The interior is available with a fresh brown trim and the choice of a three-seat bench or two individual rear seats remains.

A fatigue detection warning is now fitted as standard, and there’s a new ‘Easy Open’ system that allows drivers to open the boot simply by waving their foot under the rear bumper.

There are no changes under the bonnet, so there’s a choice of turbocharged 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines, or 138- or 158bhp 2.0 TDI diesel units. The 3.6-litre V6 petrol has been dropped, however.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but there’s likely to be a small increase over the current car, which costs from £23,630.

The CC goes on sale early next year, with first customer deliveries due in March.
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