Pricing in the UK for the new Volkswagen CC has been announced, with its entry-level 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS priced at £24,200. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line GT 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS DSG with BlueMotion Technology is priced at £30,100. Volkswagen has started to take votes for the new CC, which was launched last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new CC is a four-door just like the Passat CC (its predecessor). They also share the same sleek coupé-like styling. However, the new CC now uses Volkswagen’s new design DNA, which is apparent at the front with the strong horizontal line and the reprofiled bumper in the new radiator grille.
And at the rear, we see a totally redesigned bumper and a set of new LED tail lights. All the models have a comprehensive standard specification, which includes the RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation system, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio, 2Zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and brake energy recuperation.
For safety, the models have a driver alert system, the ESP electronic stabilisation programme and four-way adjustable front head restraints, to lessen the likelihood of whiplash injuries. The GT trim features the following as standard equipment: heated front seats, three-mode adaptive chassis control, full Nappa leather upholstery, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and heat insulating tinted glass from the B-pillar back.
There’s a wide variety of options to choose from. These are the High Beam Assist, which automatically controls dipping of the headlights; Side Assist, which monitors the blind spot of the vehicle; Lane Assist and adaptive cruise control with City Emergency Braking function; front climate seats with massage function; a rear-view camera; and an electrically deployed towbar.
Upon its launch, the UK engine lineup will include the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS or 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS petrols and a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel that is available with either 140 or 170 PS. In addition, models that have at least 170 PS could have a standard XDS differential, an electronic cross-axle traction control system that results to an improvement in handling and traction.
As standard, the Volkswagen CC features a seating configuration with four seating positions. Front occupants are always treated to ergonomic sport seats that provide optimal comfort during long journeys. Meanwhile, the rear cabin, as standard, features two individual seats, although customers could avail of a continuous bench seat that could accommodate three passengers.
The styling of the CC’s interior could be explained as both dynamic and elegant. Sporting a recently revised dashboard, the new CC now features an analogue clock – similar to that in the VW Phaeton – in place of the usual two storage drawers integrated above the center console. For the latest version of the CC, VW is offering an optional brown interior that includes a dashboard especially coordinated with the reconfigured wood accents and leather seat colors.
VW CC has always been specified with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in mobility tires, sport chassis, air conditioner and dual tailpipes, as well as sport seats, several cupholders and chrome surrounds on switches and air vents. It has also been specified with automatic control of running lights -- with 'Leaving home' and 'Coming home' functions -- 'Auto-hold' function, hill start assistant, and Dynamic Chassis Control (starting from 125 kW/ 170 PS). In addition, the CC has always been fitted with automatic bootlid opening from the interior, six airbags and the ESP electronic stabilization program.
Now, the latest version of the CC is provided with additional standard features both on the exterior and its interior. These extra exterior features include bi-xenon headlights, headlight washing system, static cornering lights and LED rear lights, as well as LED license plate illumination. The new CC also features more prominent side sill flares. Added interior elements include an RCD 310 radio-CD system, front head restraints with longitudinal 'X adjustment' and a fatigue detection system and stainless steel door sill plates.
In Germany, the CC is offered with a multifunction steering wheel as standard. On the other hand, the new VW CC could be specified with the 'seatbelt status indicator' in the multifunction display of the instrument cluster as an option, allowing drivers to see whether rear passengers have buckled up and which of them hasn’t.
It could also be optionally fitted with the XDS transverse differential lock (starting from 125 kW/ 170 PS) that allows for greater better dynamic performance and comfort in fast curves. Furthermore, CC models powered by 100-kW, 103-kW and 125-kW engines mated to with a DSG dual clutch transmission could be optionally availed with a free-wheeling mode that decouples the engine from the transmission during coasting phases, thereby helping improve fuel economy.
Further optional features on the new VW CC are the Side Assist Plus lane-changing assistant with the Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, as well as the Dynamic Light Assist (dynamic main beam control) and the DCC (dynamic chassis control). Moreover, customers may optionally avail of Easy Open sensor-controlled system that -- in conjunction with Keyless Access -- allowing users to open the bootlid by a foot movement behind the vehicle.
Also offered as optional are ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) with Front Assist surroundings monitoring system and City Emergency Braking; Park Assist 2.0 that is suitable for parking spaces either perpendicular or parallel to the roadway; and 360-degree Optical Parking System (OPS).
Customers would find these optional features very convenient: active climate front seats with massage function; noise-insulating side windows made from laminated safety glass; a climate comfort window that could be heated sans any wires and could reflect infrared rays; and an electrically deploying tow-bar.