The first version of the Volkswagen CC made its debut four years ago. The exclusive four-door coupé concept was popular right from the start. Private customers enjoy the new alternative to the classic saloon as much as business customers who drive many kilometres who made the CC the new ‘business class' soon after it launched in early 2008. The Volkswagen's styling also made an excellent impression with the experts: in 2009 alone – in its first full year on the market – the Passat CC won the ‘iF Product Design Award' (iF Industrie Forum Hannover), the ‘red dot Design Award' (Design Centre of Nordrhein Westphalia, Essen) and the Australian ‘Design Award' (Australian International Design Awards, Sydney).
The new exterior styling – a plus in precision
Standing still is a step backwards, which is why a team led by Volkswagen chief designer Klaus Bischoff is launching the CC into the future with completely redesigned front and rear sections, to give them more precision and adapt them to Volkswagen ‘design DNA'. As a result, the car has an even more sophisticated and more dynamic overall appearance.
Two new alloy wheels (‘Kent' in 17-inch, ‘Lakeville' in 18-inch) and three new colours (‘Black Oak Brown' and starting in May the metallic paint ‘Fortana Red' and the premium paint ‘Oryx White') complete the exterior modifications. The eleven colours of the new Volkswagen CC are:
- ‘Candy White' and ‘Urano Grey' (monochrome paints)
- ‘Black Oak Brown', ‘Fortana red', ‘Iron Grey', ‘Light Brown', ‘Night Blue' and ‘Reflex Silver' (metallic paints)
- ‘Deep Black' and ‘Island Grey' (pearl effect paints).
- ‘Oryx White' (premium paint)
Front end styling. The colour being used for the car's market launch in Europe is ‘Black Oak Brown', since the dark colour makes the modifications to the front end especially prominent. Quite noticeable at the front are the new chrome radiator grille design with three cross-fins, the newly designed and standard bi-xenon headlights with static cornering lights and the redesigned bonnet. When the Volkswagen CC is ordered with optional dynamic cornering lights, 15 LEDs mounted in each headlight housing serve as daytime running lights.
Compared to the previous model, the entire area defined by the new front bumper, headlights and radiator grille exhibits cleaner lines that match Volkswagen ‘design DNA' styling 1:1. 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 body colour; rather it joins with the headlights to form a visually continuous, charismatic band. As on the US Passat and the Phaeton, the new Volkswagen CC also has an extra air intake beneath the body-coloured bumper. ‘Winglets' are integrated on the sides of this intake with the fog lights.
Despite its independent design, the front end makes a clear statement that the Volkswagen CC belongs to a global brand. Consider the radiator grille: with its three chrome fins it bears a stylistic resemblance to the US Passat (produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee) and the Phaeton (produced at ‘Gläserne Manufaktur' – the Transparent Factory – in Dresden). Like the previous model, the new CC is also produced at Volkswagen's plant at Emden in Northern 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 days.
Side profile. Although the frameless doors of the CC were not modified, the car's side profile shows a new look. 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 side profile. 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 and sharpen the lower contour of the car's silhouette. At the rear, the bumper now shows greater volume and styling clarity; this generates a very special dynamic together with the coupé-like styling of the C-pillars and the very long swept-back rear window.
Styling at the rear. Just as at the front, designers also completely redesigned the bumper at the rear of the car. This involved modifying the wrap-around chrome strip that is typical of the Volkswagen CC and the Volkswagen logo, which once again serves as the handle for opening the bootlid. In models with Rear Assist, a rearview camera is integrated in the logo. 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 styling 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 are faster to respond and offer improved economy and long life. The distinctive look of these lights makes the CC unmistakable from the rear, even at night. Also illuminated with LEDs are the number plate and the direction indicators integrated in the door mirror housings.
Tailpipe configuration. Even without a model badge at the rear, the specific engine and drive type can be ‘read' from the configuration of the tailpipes. In Europe, power levels up to 155 kW / 210 PS can be recognised by dual tailpipes on the left side. When it is the 125 kW engine that transfers its power to the road via 4MOTION all-wheel drive, there is one (non-chrome) tailpipe on the left and one on the right. If these two tailpipes, one on the left and one on the right, are chrome-plated, this indicates that the car has the top engine: a six-cylinder engine (220 kW / 300 PS) with standard all-wheel drive.
Dimensions. The Volkswagen CC is 4,802 mm long; its wheelbase is 2,711 mm. With a width of 1,855 mm (without mirrors), the CC's competitors are upper mid-class vehicles, based on its dimensions. The height of the four-door coupé is a low sports car like 1,417 mm.
New interior – more sophisticated and comfortable
Lots of space. In parallel to the exterior, the comfortable yet sporty interior of the Volkswagen CC was also redesigned. As a four-seater, the new model also offers exclusive individual seats in the rear as standard (depending on the market). In front, the car always comes with ergonomic sport seats designed for long trips. In the rear, a continuous bench seat (three seats) is available as an option. The distance between what is known as the H-point (vertex of backrest/seat surface) of the front seats and that of the rear seats is 847 mm. A practical consequence of this value is ample legroom for rear passengers. There is also plenty of elbow room: the CC is 1,461 mm wide in front and 1,497 mm in the rear of the four-seater (five-seater 1,496 mm). The interior height is significantly larger than the exterior styling might suggest: in front the height is 949 mm (955 mm with panoramic sunroof), and in the rear it is 930 mm (922 mm in the 5-seat version).
High level of travel comfort. Those who drive a lot will especially enjoy the new sport seats (front) with optional active climate control; in this case, the driver's seat is equipped with a massage function. When seat climate control is activated, several fans pump cooling air through small channels in the foam seat cushion and the selected seat cover (‘Function' fabric or ‘Nappa' leather). The driver and front passenger can control this ventilation over three levels using a switch on the outer seat upholstery. The sport seats can be ordered with either manual seat adjustment or an electric 12-way system. Always standard are new front head restraints with what is known as X-adjustment. This means these head restraints are not only height-adjustable; they can be pulled forward as well.
New controls and display elements. The interior itself has a character that is as dynamic as it is elegant. The dashboard was already modified in the past year: where the first generation CC integrated two storage compartments above the centre console, there is now an analogue clock in the style of that in the Phaeton. Also new is the Climatronic control panel. As an alternative to the standard ‘Black' colour, the dashboard can now be ordered in ‘Natural Brown' with a colour coordinated two-tone leather interior in the sophisticated colour combination ‘St. Tropez' (light coloured seating surfaces) / ‘Natural Brown' (dark lateral seat supports). Also new to the interior are the optional ‘Titan Silver' metallic decor (aluminium look) as well as ‘Ebony' wood decor and accents in ‘Brushed Aluminium, Dark'.
Overview of all 3 dashboard versions
- ‘Black' / ‘Black' (upper / lower)
- ‘Black' / ‘Desert Beige' (upper / lower)
- ‘Natural Brown' / ‘Natural Brown' (upper / lower)
Overview of all four decors:
- Metallic decor ‘Titan Silver'
- Metallic decor ‘Brushed Aluminium, Dark'
- Fine wood decor ‘Ebony'
- Fine wood decor ‘Walnut Burl'
Overview of all 11 seat upholstery types:
- ‘Silversprint' fabric in ‘Black'
- ‘Silversprint' fabric in ‘Desert Beige / Black'
- ‘Function' fabric in ‘Titan Black / Black'
- ‘Function' fabric in ‘Desert Beige / Black'
- Alcantara / leather in ‘Black / Titan Black'
- Alcantara / leather in ‘Desert Beige / Titan Black'
- ‘Nappa' leather in ‘Truffle / Titan Black'
- ‘Nappa' leather in ‘Black / Titan Black'
- ‘Nappa' leather in ‘Desert Beige / Titan Black'
- ‘Nappa' leather in ‘St. Tropez / Natural Brown'
- ‘Nappa' leather in ‘Murano Red / Titan Black'
Extended ambience pack. The interior of the Volkswagen CC has an especially elegant look at night with the optional ambience pack. Lighting strips are integrated into the fine wood or metallic accents in the doors. Its brightness can be continuously varied by the interior lighting control. The intensity of footwell illumination can be adjusted independently via the menu of the multifunction display. The indirect ambience lighting produces a very pleasant atmosphere; subjectively, the interior is perceived as even larger. As mentioned, this illumination is offered as the ambience pack in conjunction with selected decor accents and illuminated interior door handles.
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