New Generation Volkswagen CC Coupe is a stylish four-door alternative to the Passat sedan while sharing same wheelbase with different body style
The next generation CC coupe has been spied testing in its early development stage. The heavily camouflaged BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe rival appears to have received a beefed up body with new LED headlamps. Volkswagen wants the CC four-door coupe to be upmarket that it already is and the new shoulders and longer roofline seem to be in accordance with it.
It is no secret that the production model will take design inspirations from the Volkswagen 2015 Sport Coupe Concept GTE showcased at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. It was based on MQB architecture nestled with a V6 TSI petrol engine and two electric motors giving a combined total of 375 bhp. With a typical Passat vibe, it was large and low-slung with sharp creases shod on 21-inch wheels. It pointed to the next-generation of Mercedes-Benz CLS rival on a Volkswagen budget.
Some of the features expected to be lifted from the concept are big exhaust pipes integrated into the rear bumper alongside frameless doors while the buyers will have option to choose between four and five-seat configurations. It will have same underpinnings as the latest generation Passat sedan and the European market will get variety of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines as opposed to petrol-only for US.
Possibilities of a hybrid powertrain hiding underneath cannot be shrugged off either. VW launched a special edition of the CC in Germany known as Dynamic Black last year featuring exclusive black body colour, 18-inch Talladega alloy wheels, the R-Line exterior package with sharper bumpers and sills and Black Style design package. The Volkswagen CC (Comfort Coupe) is positioned between the Passat and Phaeton. Despite sharing same wheelbase with the Passat, it is longer, shorter and wider with a sweeping roofline making it sportier with less rear room and cargo space than its sibling.
The revival of European midsize segment in last two years has led to Passat holding a commanding lead over Skoda Super with 91,927 units sold in the first five months of the year. The popularity of the Passat will help in the sales of the new generation CC four-door coupe by some extent.