As we announced earlier this month, the refreshed 2013 Volkswagen CC four-door sedan flaunts a new front and rear end that better aligns its styling with the rest of the Volkswagen model range. Bi-xenon headlamps, with LED daytime running lamps, are now standard on the nose as are LED lamps on the tail. To complete the transformation, there are also new 17- and 18-inch wheels.

The very welcomed news is that the CC is now able to accommodate five passengers (or four plus a child seat) thanks to a flat cushion and an extra set of belts between the rear seats. The five-passenger cabin is optional, but we expect it to be popular.

The standard powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder rated at 200 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch. Front-wheel drive is the sole choice with the four-cylinder model. The optional engine is a 3.6-liter six-cylinder, rated at 280 horsepower. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, but Volkswagen's 4motion all-wheel drive is optional with the V6.

Look for pricing information to be released closer to its showroom arrival in the first quarter of 2012.
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VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS NEW CC AT LA AUTO SHOW
Volkswagen's uber-stylish four-door coupe receives major updates for the 2013 Model Year

New front and rear styling enhances an already dramatic design
High-luxury, high-quality interior now has seating for five
Bi-Xenon headlights are now standard on all models
LED Daytime Running Lights optional on Sport models, standard on all other trim levels
New exterior colors, wheels, and interior trim available
R-Line design joins the range later in 2012
The only four-door coupe in its class


Wolfsburg / Los Angeles - When the Volkswagen CC debuted four years ago, it was the first affordably priced four-door coupe on sale in the U.S. What looked at first like a niche has developed into a completely new segment: nearly 270,000 people around the world have bought Volkswagen's sedan that has the looks and heart of a sports car. The CC mixes practicality with style and attainability.

Volkswagen is presenting a technically and visually updated version of the vehicle at the LA Auto Show, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center between November 18 and 27. With new front and rear styling and an extended range of standard equipment that includes Bi-Xenon headlights and LED taillights, the new CC makes an even bolder move towards the automotive luxury class. The 2013 Volkswagen CC will go on sale in the spring of 2012 in the U.S.

Design

The design team, led by Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand, reworked the CC's front and rear body sections. As a result of the changes, the Volkswagen CC looks even more elegant while also appearing more muscular. New aluminum-alloy wheels and exterior colors complement other exterior modifications.

"Design DNA"

At the front of the car, one's eye is drawn to the new radiator grille, Bi-Xenon headlights, and the hood design. Optional LED Daytime Running Lights are integrated in the headlight design. The entire area comprised of the new front bumper, headlights, and radiator grille exhibits clean lines that correspond more closely to Volkswagen's "design DNA" styling than previously. This DNA is marked by such characteristics as an emphasis on horizontal lines and precise harmony between the headlights and radiator grille. The latter is no longer designed as a separate "V" framed by body-color pieces, but is instead formed as a visually continuous band together with the headlights. Like the Passat, the new CC also has an extra air intake beneath the bumper. The foglights are housed inside "winglets" that are integrated in this intake.

Despite its unique shape, the front end makes it clear that the "Comfort Coupe" belongs to a global brand family. The radiator grille has three chrome bars that bear a styling resemblance to both the Passat and the Phaeton. Like the previous model, the CC is produced at Volkswagen's plant in Emden, Germany; this state-of-the-art factory has direct access to an overseas port from which the CC can be shipped to all regions of the world within a few days.

Sharpened silhouette

Although the frameless doors of the CC are unmodified, the side profile shows a new look, too. Several factors are at work here: up front, the more powerful hood design interplays with the new bumper to sharpen the car's silhouette. Meanwhile, the more sculpted side sills between the wheel housings stand out, making a greater visual connection between the front and rear bumpers.

More visual tension

At the rear, the bumper was given greater volume, enhancing the swoopy nature of the coupe-like C-pillars and the very long, swept-back rear window. The entire rear section now shows more geometric surfaces and a greater emphasis on horizontal lines. The new taillights fit this new design theme, finishing with a horizontal sweep at their lower ends. In contrast to the previous model, the new rear lights have LED elements that respond quickly, use less energy, and are longer lived. The distinctive look of these lights makes the CC unmistakable from the rear, day or night. The license plate is illuminated with LED lighting too. Also planned are two new colors for 2013: Black Oak Brown and Fortuna Red.

Interior

The CC continues to offer an incredibly stylish and luxurious interior that looks like it belongs in a much more expensive car. One improvement in the 2013 CC is that there is now seating for five, with a three-seat rear bench taking the place of two individual buckets. On VR6® models, engineered ebony trim replaces Zebrano to give an even more upscale finish.

Efficient and sporty engines

The CC will once again launch with the award-winning, 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and the 3.6-liter narrow-angle VR6 engine that produces 280 horsepower.

All 2.0-liter models are front-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. One new feature on the 2.0-liter models is the XDS® cross-differential (limited-slip) system that electronically monitors input from various wheel sensors and, in the event of slippage, transfers extra torque to the front wheel with the most traction.

The VR6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting, driving either through the front wheels on the new VR6 Lux model or via 4Motion® all-wheel drive on the topline VR6 Executive model, which is also equipped with paddle shifters.

Standard features – uncompromising comfort and safety

Standard CC equipment has always included such features as dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, a multi-function steering wheel, chrome surrounds on switches and air vents, air conditioning, an electric parking brake with hill-hold control, rain-sensing wipers, a sport suspension, heated 12-way power front seats, Bluetooth® technology, iPod® connectivity, and, of course, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags.

This range of features has been extended in the new model. Standard exterior features that have been added include Bi-Xenon headlights, LED taillights, LED license-plate illumination, and more prominent side-sill flares. LED Daytime Running Lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)-which turns the beams by up to 15 degrees around corners for increased visibility-are optional on CC Sport and standard on all other models.

New standard interior features include front head restraints that adjust fore-and-aft as well as up-and-down. In this new design, the head restraint can be pulled forward and, because it lies closer to the head, helps reduce the risk of whiplash in a crash. Another new interior feature is remote latching for the rear seatback. Levers mounted under the rear shelf on the right and left sides of the trunk make it easy to unlatch both sections of the split seatback.

At launch, all CCs will feature the Climatronic® automatic climate control system. Typical of the attention to detail in the CC, the system features a humidity sensor located near the rear-view mirror. This measures air humidity and controls the Climatronic system to help prevent condensation and maintain the relative humidity in the passenger compartment at a pleasant level. Another benefit of the system is that fuel consumption and emissions are reduced, since the humidity sensor permits operation of the air conditioning compressor only when needed.

Model Range

2.0T Sport


The 2.0T Sport provides entry to the 2012 CC model range. Standard equipment includes new 17-inch "Verme" alloy wheels with all-season self-sealing tires; Bi-Xenon headlights; LED taillights; LED license-plate illumination; rain-sensing windshield wipers; Climatronic automatic climate-control; heated 12-way power front seats; touchscreen Premium VIII sound system with HD Radio, eight speakers, and a six-disc CD changer; Bluetooth technology; iPod connectivity; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; and matte chrome interior trim. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual with the option of a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.

2.0T Sport Plus

This is a new model in the CC lineup. It adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System; stylish new 18-inch "Mallory" wheels with all-season 235/40 tires; and the RNS® 315 navigation system. The six-speed dual-clutch DSG is the only transmission offered.

2.0T R-Line®

The popular R-Line will again be offered, tailored to the new CC design, later in 2012. The 2.0T R Line takes the Sport features and heightens the CC's performance styling with stunning 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; lower extended sport bumpers; R-Line door sill plates; darkened taillights; and a leather-wrapped R-line steering wheel. Both six-speed manual and dual-clutch DSG automatic transmissions are offered.

2.0T Lux

The 2.0T Lux comes standard with the six-speed DSG automatic transmission. Its additional standard features over Sport Plus include new 18-inch "St Louis" five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels; brushed-aluminum interior trim; a power-tinted-glass sunroof; and ambient lighting.

V6 Lux

The V6 Lux is a new model for 2013, featuring the 280-hp, 3.6-liter VR6 engine mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Compared with the 2.0T Lux Plus, it adds a headlight washer system with heated nozzles; a rearview camera; the RNS 510 navigation system that features a 6.5-inch touchscreen; ventilated front seats; leather seating surfaces; "Interlagos" 18-inch wheels; memory seating and mirrors; and engineered ebony trim.

VR6 4Motion Executive

In addition to the features offered on the V6 Lux, the flagship CC adds 4Motion all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes polished 18-inch "Interlagos" alloy wheels; Tiptronic paddle shifters; a driver's seat with massage function; Park Distance Control with front and rear proximity sensors; Dynaudio® Premium Sound System; and a power rear sunshade.


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  • 43 Comments
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wish they stuck to the previous design.. the previous design is a legend among volkswagen cars.. such pity, they didn't recognize that..
      pickles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it looks better. The old one always reminded me of a 1997 Taurus. Too blobby, too many ovals and lost function in the name of styling.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the first version of the CC is an elegant car. This version just looks to me like it has been blanded down. Now it is nothing special, except for the fact it is one of the rare cars you can still get in USA with manual transmission.
      fpe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is VW still capping at 200HP while Hyundai has a 274HP turbo 4 as an available option in the Sonata?
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      Front looks about the same, rear is better. Overall still a great looking car. To me (and other VW people) THIS is the Passat, that other thing is a Camry impostor...
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ICantDrive88
        Sorry, but the Camry is nicer than the new Passat.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who'da thunk that VW would ever rip off Kia? Look at the front of the two, and the small details that match are surprising. The Optima is a great look, but why must VW continue to ditch their svelte designs and high quality just to match the competition? I know why (sale####=$$$$), but people look to VW for something different.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
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        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        I;m afraid I have to disagree with you. I don't think that VW has ripped off Kia when it comes to design. It's kind of disappointing, too because if they would have, their newer cars would look many times better than they do. Kia has really excelled in their designs over the past few years however VW has taken a very large step very quickly in the wrong direction.
      HAL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the old design better; it was more elegant and striking. This new one looks too much like the Kia Optima. But I understand they want a uniform design among their fleet, so it makes sense. Those leather seats sure do look niiiice.
      dohc73
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that theses changes just make it a little cheaper for VW to build now more than a visual update.
      dohc73
      • 3 Years Ago
      They've watered this thing down. Still attractive, but a lot more anonymously VW now. The original was just a great looking car that just happened to be a VW. Now it looks like it's been forced to drink the corporate Kool-Aid.
      mcheddadi
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't like the new corporate face.
      Al Terego
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I was the market for bland and drab, VW would be the company for me.
        KAG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Al Terego
        I think you would want a Toyota or Honda for Bland, VW is for driving
      carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jetta all over again. taking a great design and making it worse. This is so much more bland than the current version. The original CC was the best looking 4 door "coupe" available under 75K (Rapide trumped it overall, Porsche ~), easily besting Audi, Mercedes,... This just looks terribly bland.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
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