Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the 2013 CC has a starting price of $30,250 and will start selling in the U.S. in the spring. The CC four-door coupe has been redesigned to be very stylish and extremely luxurious. The 2013 CC aims to gain plenty of ground in the automotive luxury class with its new front and rear styling as well as a wider range of standard equipment, including the Bi-Xenon headlights and LED taillights.
Two powertrains are offered for the CC. The 2.0T models are available with Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-cylinder engine that has reaped numerous awards. It has an output of 200hp and 207 pound-feet of torque and is partnered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.
All the 2.0T models are front-wheel drive. The VR6 Lux and VR6 4Motion Executive are powered by the 3.6-liter VR6 engine that delivers 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, being driven via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Lux is front-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Executive comes with VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
The entry-level model for the 2013 CC model range is the 2.0T Sport, which is priced from $30,250. It is offered through special order. Among the standard equipment on the CC are the new set of 17-inch "Verme" alloy wheels with all-season self-sealing tires; Bi-Xenon headlights; LED taillights; LED license-plate illumination; rain-sensing windshield wipers; Climatronic automatic climate-control; heated 12-way power front seats; touchscreen Premium VIII sound system with HD Radio, eight speakers, and a six-disc CD changer; Bluetooth technology; iPod connectivity; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; and matte chrome interior trim.
Meanwhile, the standard transmission is a six-speed manual but there’s the available option of a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. Dealerships offer the Sport model with LED Daytime Running Lights and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) for an MSRP of $30,610.
The 2.0T Sport Plus, a new model in the CC lineup, has a starting price of $32,850. It features LED Daytime Running Lights and AFS; trendy new 18-inch "Mallory" alloy wheels with all-season 235/40 tires; as well as the RNS 315 navigation system. The only available transmission for this model is the six-speed dual-clutch DSG.
On the front section of the Volkswagen CC, one’s attention is immediately focused on the fact that the bonnet, radiator grille, and bi-xenon headlights have a new design. Though optional, if customers decide to have the LED daytime running lights, it will be fitted to the housings of the headlight. While the previous version had those clean lines that follow the design language of the brand on a 1:1 ratio, the new model displays this in an even more splendid manner.
This is due to how the radiator grille, headlights, and front bumper, combine. For this particular design language, other qualities include how the horizontal lines are highlighted plus the remarkable way in which the radiator grille and headlights combine. The grille in particular does not have that V frame that is separated through how the body is colored.
Under the new model, the design is continuous and perfectly matches with the headlights. Another feature of the CC is that there is an additional air intake that has been placed beneath the bumper, which has the same color as that of the body. This is what was done for the Phaeton and the US version of the Passat. Winglets have been fitted to the intake and at the same time fog lights have been placed beside them.
This is not the only thing that the CC has similar to the two models mentioned. The three chrome fins placed on the grille for example are the same as those on the US-Passat, which is manufactured at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, facility. It is true as well for the Dresden made Phaeton. The Dresden facility in particular is referred to as Gläserne Manufaktur, translated as Transparent Factory.
The redesign of both the front and rear section of the Volkswagen CC is the result of the work done by the design team headed by no less than Volkswagen Brand’s Head of Design Klaus Bischoff. Overall, it gives the new model a dynamic yet graceful image. The addition of new colors, as well as alloy wheels, helps complement the other changes done on the exterior.
Looking back at the front section, there is no doubt that it has its very own design. Even then, it states very clearly that this comfort coupe remains to be part of the Volkswagen brand. The Volkswagen CC, like the previous generation before it, will be manufactured at its factory located in Emden, Germany. This choice is a practical one as this high-tech factory has immediate access to an overseas port wherein the CC can be shipped in only a few days to anywhere in the world.