• Dec 16th 2009 at 4:28PM
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2010 Volkswagen Passat CC R-Line - Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen just opened the order book on the Passat CC with the R-Line package in Europe. We saw this car at the Frankfurt Motor Show and were completely smitten with it. Taking the regular CC's swoopy coupedan shape and adding the R-Line package makes it just about perfect. What stops it from being perfect is the fact that the R-Line package doesn't add any oomph. Just like Audi's S-Line, its alterations are mainly cosmetic.

The R-Line package adds an aero kit, surprisingly modest "Mallory" pattern 17-inch wheels, R-Line emblems, smoked taillights, R-Line aluminum sill plates, a unique three-spoke multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel, front foglamps, and the Park Pilot system.

It becomes the eighth R-Line model in Volkswagen's lineup and will add 2,200 euro to the price of your CC – about $3,200 in Yankee bucks. Full press release after the jump and plenty of live and press pics below.

Photos by Jonny Lieberman / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Volkswagen]


The New Passat CC R-Line The four-door coupé with exclusive sporty features can be ordered now

Wolfsburg, 16 December 2009 - R-Line equipment is already offered on seven Volkswagen models. Now the Passat CC is getting a sportier touch. Orders are now being taken for the four-door coupé with R-Line package.

On its exterior, 17-inch (optional 18-inch) R-Line "Mallory" alloy wheels with 235/45 tyres lend a sporty touch to the Passat CC R-Line. The front spoiler and side skirts, each painted in body colour, were also re-styled. In addition, R-Line logos embellish the front side sections; the rear lights are smoked.

Inside the Passat CC R-Line, standard features include details like four customised tread plates in aluminium (with R-Line Logo in front) and a three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction keys. The R-Line package has front fog lights and the Park Pilot system. The Passat R-Line leaves few wishes unfulfilled; even the base version of the Passat CC includes comfort and convenience features like sport seats and a climate control system.

The R-Line package is available with all Passat CC engines. Prices start at 2,200 Euros for the Passat CC 2.0 TDI (140 PS / 103 kW) with a 6-speed gearbox. Counting versions already introduced on the Golf, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan, Passat, Passat Variant and Touareg, a total of eight models with R-Line equipment are now on the market.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that money and no performance upgrades? The only real shortcoming (besides a lousy dealer network) of the car and they don't address that?

      A barely used Infiniti g35 blows it out of the water. Looks aren't everything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't seem like you get much for your hard-earned cash. The new bumper is rather Insight-esque, and the side skirts don't seem to integrate to well into the doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The regular CC is a great looking family sedan - it has one of my favorite interiors.
      This R-Line might not be worth the $3k cost, but does make it look even better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed - the base interior with the black/beige combo is perfection. Looks like it costs thousands more...
        • 5 Years Ago
        without the sick exhaust tips i wouldn't pay the $3k premium... or the flat gray paint. Man the show car is a delight in person (VW keeps bringing it out to events).
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago

        If these pics don't sway you toward a CC, then nothing will... I just absolutely love the look and simplicity of this interior - and honestly, pictures just don't do it justice.



        Also, I have to say that I find it funny how new parents now a days immediately think they need some ginormous vehicle just because it has to fit a child-seat. My buddy and his wife have a MS3 and a Civic and both of them easily fit a child-seat in them and both are way smaller than either the CC or Mazda 6. Obviously you are going to get what you think is most appropriate for yourself, but I just find the whole "size issue" rather comical... I think their sense of size has been distorted by years and years of seeing monstrously huge SUVs on the road that they don't remember that they themselves probably grew up sitting in the back seat of some tiny Honda or Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "family sedan" is what I'm trying to justify here.

        While I love my '06 Jetta 2.0T, I'm trading up in July and am debating between the CC and the newly-roomier '09/10 Mazda 6 for about the same price.

        Both have sufficicent trunk space (albeit, I love that VW trunk hook...) to qualify for family luggage. While nothing beats the styling and feel of the CC in this market, I'm having a tough time justifying the four seater when I now have a child seat to take into account. In the end, the responsible side of me says the Mazda should win out despite all the other voices yelling CC. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. The CC is the best looking sedan under 30k.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So is it Europe only? Or just released in Europe first and will eventually make it's way here?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is the deal with the roof... the front half looks blacked out, but the rear doesn't?

      Why not black out the whole roof?

      The grille looks a bit too much like a forced grin, to me, too.

      I much rather would have an A5 Sportback with a proper liftback hatch, and longitudinal AWD drivetrain, but NOOOOO....

        • 5 Years Ago
        I know there is a sunroof there.

        But it doesn't touch the windshield glass, does it?

        And if it does, and is trying to look like a "glass roof" treatment... the whole roof should be blacked out, from the windshield to the backlight glass, otherwise it looks dorky.

        Frankly, for an R-Line sporty model,
        I would black out the bar around the grille between the headlights...
        Black out the headlight buckets around the reflectors
        Black out the side mirror pods
        Black out the chrome trim down the sides, and around the windows.
        Use LED lights for the signals/indicators above the fog lights, preferably in black housings... kinda like the TechArt LED indicators on the tuned Cayenne earlier today...

        and I would have used carbon fiber or ebony/piano-black wood on the dash instead of a lot of distracting brushed aluminum.

        And I would have put better looking wheels, like BBS CH or CO wheels on the car. VW has used those before.

        And I would have shown it in VW's handsome icy royal blue paint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a sunroof
      • 5 Years Ago
      i have seen one a while back.
      it looks wider than the normal passat.

      it's cool
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is one of the sweetest looking cars out there, but its a HUGE letdown thanks to the V6 having no manual transmission.....so its basically a chick car in my eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      [insert CCR joke here]
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really Like the CC, great interior, but once you price it the way you want it's well over $35K. To many other chooses when you get to that price range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All the extra touches and they couldn't add a polished tailpipe to the 2.0t model. I have a '08 Passat wagon and to me it cheapens the look of the car. My '08 Rabbit has a polished tip and I paid 12k less for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      frameless door windows FTW.
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