Volkswagen has released the first pictures of the new CC – an updated and renamed version of the Passat CC.
The new car is very similar in looks to the outgoing model, 270,000 of which have been sold worldwide. Changes include a resculpted front end and rear bumper, and increased use of LED lights at the rear.
The engine range appears to be unchanged, with the same 2 petrol choices (1.8TSI 160PS and 2.0TSI 210PS) and diesel engines (2.0TDI 140PS or 170PS) offered with the current model. The only difference is that the 3.6 V6 petrol engine has been dropped – in the UK, at any rate.
New options include High Beam Assist, which automatically controls dipping of the headlights Side Assist, which monitors the vehicle’s blind spot Lane Assist, which warns you if you start drifting across white lines, and adaptive cruise control with City Emergency Braking function. This is designed to help stop you running into the back of other cars.
In terms of comfort and convenience, buyers can also choose front climate seats with massage function and an electrically deployed towbar.
Overall, there don’t seem to be many changes in the new CC – which continues to offer the looks and style of a Merc CLS for much less money – albeit with more humdrum Passat underpinnings.
First deliveries of the new CC to UK dealers are expected in March 2012.