When the Volkswagen CC made its debut four years ago, it was the first four-door coupé of its kind in the mid-range sedan category. From this niche, a new segment quickly developed – to date, nearly 320,000 people around the globe have chosen the sedan with the stylish lines of a sports car. They are car drivers who love the charm of a coupé but also value space.
Commenting on the new Volkswagen CC, Stefan Mecha, Managing Director Volkswagen Middle East said: “The new Volkswagen CC is a technically and visually updated version of the popular business vehicle. It is a model that combines German engineering and style, and is our most successful four-door coupé. The CC encompasses safety, exquisite style and space and will be available throughout the Middle East by April 2012.”
160 HP to 300 HP – efficient and sporty engines
The CC is powered by an impressive petrol engine with 118 kW / 160 HP (1.8 liter), 155 kW / 210 HP (2.0 liter) and 220 kW / 300 HP (3.6 liter V6) power output, with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The six cylinder version (300 HP) is delivered with 4MOTION all wheel drive as standard equipment.
Design – Volkswagen CC shifts segment boundaries
The team led by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, reworked the front and rear body sections of the Volkswagen CC. This has given the Volkswagen an even more elegant yet dynamic overall image. New alloy wheels and car colours complement other exterior modifications.
Front end. In front, the eye is draw to the new designs of the radiator grille, bi-xenon headlights and bonnet. Optional LED daytime running lights are integrated in the headlight housings. Even more than on the previous model, the entire area of the new front bumper, headlights and radiator grille exhibits clean lines that correspond 1:1 to Volkswagen ‘design DNA’ styling. This DNA is marked by such characteristics as an emphasis on horizontal lines and a concise harmony of the headlights and radiator grille. The latter is no longer designed as a separate V framed by elements in the body colour; rather it forms a visually continuous, charismatic band together with the headlights. Similar to the US-Passat and the Phaeton, the new Volkswagen CC also has an extra air intake beneath the body-coloured bumper. ‘Winglets’ are integrated in this intake with fog lights arranged next to them.
Despite its independent design, the front end makes a clear statement that the ‘comfort coupé’ belongs to a global brand. Like the previous model, the Volkswagen CC is also produced at Volkswagen’s plant in Emden, Germany; this state-of-the-art factory has direct access to an overseas port from which the four-door coupé can be shipped to all regions of the world within a few days.
Back to the car’s design:
Side profile. Although the frameless doors of the CC are unmodified, its side profile shows a new look too. Several factors are at work here: in front, the more powerful design of the bonnet – in interplay with the new bumper design – sharpens the car’s silhouette. Meanwhile, the much more distinctively sculpted side sills between the wheel housings stand out; they make a visual connection between the front and rear bumpers. At the rear, the bumper now has greater volume and transparency; together with the coupé-like styling of the C-pillars and the very long swept-back rear window, this generates a very special dynamic.
Rear section. As at the front of the car, designers also completely redesigned the rear bumper. This involved modifying the wrap-around chrome strip that is typical of the Volkswagen CC and of course the Volkswagen logo, which once again serves as the handle for opening the boot. In models with Rear Assist, a rear-view camera was also integrated in the Volkswagen logo as well. The entire rear section now shows more straight-line surfaces and a greater emphasis of horizontal lines.
Also fitting with this image is the new design of the rear lights; at their lower ends, the lights now finish with a horizontal sweep. In contrast to the previous model, the new rear lights have LED lighting elements that exhibit very quick response, economy and long life. The distinctive look of these lights makes the CC unmistakable from the rear, even at night. The license plate is illuminated with LED lighting, too.
The standard seating configuration of the Volkswagen CC includes five seating positions. In front, the car always comes with ergonomic sport seats designed for long trips. In the rear, a continuous bench seat (3 seats) is a standard feature. The interior exhibits a style that is as dynamic as it is elegant. The dashboard was already modified once last year; since then, the two storage drawers integrated above the centre console in the first generation CC were replaced by an analogue clock in the style of that in the Phaeton. Another new option is a brown interior; this includes the dashboard, which coordinates especially well with the also reconfigured wood accents and colours of the leather seats.
Standard features – uncompromising comfort and safety
Standard Volkswagen CC equipment has always included such features as dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels with mobility tyres, sport seats, various cupholders, chrome surrounds on switches and air vents, air conditioner, sport chassis, ‘Auto-hold’ function, hill start assistant, automatic control of running lights with ‘Leaving home’ and ‘Coming home’ functions, automatic boot opening from the interior, DCC dynamic chassis control (from 155 kW / 210 HP) and, of course, the ESP electronic stabilisation programme and 6 airbags. This range of features was considerably extended in the new model. Standard exterior features that were added include the already mentioned bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights, headlight washing system, LED rear lights, LED license plate illumination and more prominent side sill flares. New interior features that are standard on all models: fatigue detection system, RCD 510 with a 6.5 inch colour touch screen, front head restraints with longitudinal ‘X adjustment’, stainless steel door sill plates and the multifunction leather steering wheel. As an option, the driver can now see which rear seat occupants are buckled up without having to look back – via the ‘seatbelt status indicator’ in the multifunction display of the instrument cluster. For even better dynamic performance and comfort in fast curves there is the XDS transverse differential lock (from 155 kW).
More features – systems of the luxury class
The car’s exceptional features also include the Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant. This feature represents a significant functional extension and a gain in safety. New in the Volkswagen CC: the sensor-controlled Easy Open system for opening the boot by a foot movement behind the vehicle (in conjunction with Keyless Access), Park Assist 2.0 with automatic parking assist for parking spaces either perpendicular or parallel to the roadway with 360° Optical Parking System [OHP], DCC (dynamic chassis control), active climate seats (front), windscreen (climate comfort window) that is heated without wires and infrared-reflecting as well as noise-insulating side windows made of laminated safety glass.
Other options available in the new Volkswagen CC include a transparent panoramic sunroof, radio-navigation systems, hands-free telephone units, multimedia interface (MEDIA-IN), ambiance lighting in the door accent panels, 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring system (with indicators for each individual wheel), auxiliary heating system and leather options. Those customers who choose the automatic climate control system will immediately enjoy the benefits of the humidity sensor; this sensor – located near the rear-view mirror inside the car – measures air humidity and regulates the Climatronic system to prevent window condensation and maintain the relative humidity in the passenger compartment at a pleasant level. Another benefit: fuel consumption and emissions are reduced, since the humidity sensor permits operation of the air conditioning compressor only when needed. CO2 emissions are reduced by 1.1 g/km – that might not seem like much by itself, but it becomes significant together with numerous other fuel-saving measures.