When Volkswagen released the Passat CC back in 2008, the German automaker stated that the car was the “coupe” version of the Passat and also they mentioned that it will be marketed at a more premium level than the standard Volkswagen Passat. Many people see the idea of a four-door coupe as a copy of the Mercedes Benz CLS and also; many felt that who would want to buy a four-door coupe?
Apparently, the abovementioned thoughts were definitely wrong and Volkswagen is the one who’s having the last laugh. The Volkswagen Passat CC (now known as the CC) has sold over 320,000 units ever since it came out in 2008. Not bad for a model that has only been around for less than four years and now we get to see the 2013 model year Volkswagen CC.
The Volkswagen CC is available in various engine options. From the 1.4 litre TSI that generates 160bhp, up to the top range 3.6 litre VR6 FSI engine. The unit reviewed here comes with the 3.6 litre VR6 engine. The engine generates around 295bhp at 6600 rpm and 350Nm of torque at 2400-5300rpm. It is mated to a six-speed DSG transmission and has a top speed of 250km/h (electronically limited). The car does the century sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The VR6 unit’s best feature is the six-speed DSG transmission with Sport mode and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The response of upshifts and downshifts (in Sports mode) are precise and smooth. The front-biased 4Motion all-wheel drive system (only available on the VR6 unit) uses the Haldex centre differential and together with the electronic stability programme function, gives the car sensational handling especially around tight corners.
The freshened car gets a new exterior look all-around. Firstly, the CC is the first Volkswagen car to receive the vertical chrome lines on the grille (just behind the horizontal grille slats). New Volkswagen models will get the same styled grilles in the future. The car’s body lines and the usage of chrome trimmings are more pronounced. Both headlight and brake light clusters are of a new design. The front lights are bi-xenon and the rear gets an LED type.
Volkswagen has made the CC’s interior feel nicely apart from the standard Passat. Although some of the plastic components look a little cheap and “plasticky”, the seats and several other components are lushly wrapped in fine leather. The dashboard is pretty much the same as before except for the climate control buttons situated at the centre console. They are now three knobs instead of two and that section looks neater.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC will be the start of a new look, not only for the model, but also for future Volkswagen models. With its sloping roofline and quirky four-door concept, the car is an obvious choice for those who want something different and it gives them an alternative in the four-door market segment.
Photo credit: Net Car Show
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