This was bound to happen. Volkswagen's relentless drive for big volume has the brand mining seemingly every niche it can find for additional sales worldwide. And with its CLS Shooting Brake, fellow countryman Mercedes-Benz has already shown that a wagon based off of a "four-door coupe" can look dead sexy and command extra dollars. So it follows that the Volkswagen CC (whose existence is all but directly attributable to the success of the original CLS sedan) will also get a load-lugging variant. That's according to the UK's Autocar, which notes that the five-door will come in the CC's next generation.

According to the report, the next CC will be available in front and all-wheel drive variants with the usual assortment of gas and diesel four-cylinders found in the Wolfsburg empire, with the possibility of a gas plug-in hybrid model, too. The rakish estate will ride atop VW's MQB architecture, a shorter variant of which is also found underneath the new Golf. The scalable chassis is set to spread like kudzu throughout the company's lineup, but the CC probably won't happen until after the launch of the next European-market Passat in 2015.

Will we get it in North America? Hard to say. Volkswagen sells the standard CC saloon here, but not in particularly large numbers, and when the company moved to a North American-specific Passat, it dumped the wagon variant. The traditional VW estate apparently continues to pick up sales momentum abroad, however, making the CC Shooting Brake a seemingly natural fit for buyers who still want the utility of a two-box form but can afford to sacrifice a bit of cargo room in the name of style.

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      Frank Wulfers
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe the correct term is a 5-door Shooting Coupe SportWagen.
      Tom Morrissey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously enough with the "shooting brake" buzz word. Its a station wagon
      • 1 Year Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ready? For what market? Sure its worth the costs there vw?
      Les Foster
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd rather see a new passat wagon and jetta sport wagon (golf wagon) than a cc wagon. …and please vw, offer more than just 2 base engines and fwd. I'd love to have a 2.0t gas 4motion wagon with a manual trans. However, were the American consumer who typically never sees what the rest of the world does.
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other words, a CC wagon.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Bite your tongue! Wagons are for soccer moms, this is a sleek aerodynamic "shooting brake", which just happens to look almost identically to what you would call a wagon. Really enjoying my Honda Odyssey Shooting Brake, can't believe people drive uncool minivans.
      • 1 Year Ago
      beige. Vanilla. Tasteless. Could care a less. Love wagons, but this car and its wagon variant are going to be as exciting as watching paint dry. I see no passion or life whatsoever in the design of current VWs. Bring back the old CC!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just when you thought abuse of the term \"shooting brake\" had run its course...
      • 1 Year Ago
      That grille is ridicously stupid considering how the rest of the car has such a sporty theme.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I wouldn\'t say \"ridiculously stupid\", but it does look pretty ordinary compared to the pre-facelifted CC. I\'m sure there are aftermarket grills for it though. Otherwise, I think it\'s one of the best looking sedans in its class. Not overstyled, expensive-looking (although very sttainably priced if you keep the options at a minimum), and has a pretty strong presense on the road. The only thing about the pre-facelift CC that I like better is its grill. I think a wagon (shooting brake?) version would be pretty interesting as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh good, not we have a non-luxury option for a hearse.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully by \'15 a new grille will be in place. I believe you would see a lot more CCs on the road if the front end were more distinctive. Currently it really is a deal breaker. Anyone who cares about driving and needs room would buy a wagon over an SUV or CUV but there haven\'t been many good options on the market here in the US. VW, make it look good and give us the engine/transmission options and you may surprise yourselves. Of course you have to remember price plays a part as well.
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