Volkswagen is proceeding with plans to broaden its Passat line-up, which will include a style-led CC Shooting Brake, according to Autocar. It was revealed by senior VW executives that the new five-door model, which comes with an exclusive computer-generated image, was conceived to join a successor to the existing swoopy four-door saloon in a second-generation lineup based on VW’s versatile MQB platform.
There’s a tentative schedule for the next Passat to be launched in early 2015. The model is expected to increase in size, with the overall length believed to reach nearly 4900mm. VW wants this model to fill the void in the range between the Passat and the top-of-the-line Phaeton. These larger measurements offer the basis for improvements in interior packaging such as greater rear seat accommodation.
Just like the current CC, this new model will utilize a variety of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. It’s also likely to feature a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid. Customers can opt for either the standard front-wheel drive or the optional 4Motion four-wheel drive, which features VW’s newest Haldex 5 system. Very few details are available for the CC Shooting Brake model. In fact, it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.
It’s likely to prioritize style over versatility in a move that Mercedes-Benz took with the newest CLS Shooting Brake. Included in the design features that makes the new VW stand out are a heavily curved roofline and an angled tailgate.
It expects a luggage capacity of up to 570 litres. The automaker chose to add the Shooting Brake to the CC line-up due to the consistently high sales for the more practical Passat estate. A source told Autocar that the market for estates still grows and that it hopes for its sales potential to still expand. This source also said that there’s a “definite trend” for the so-called Shooting Brake but that it hasn’t been decided yet what its name will be.