2013 Vw CC R-Line is ready for the U.S.

Article by Christian A., on June 6, 2012

Volkswagen unveiled the R-Line version of the CC at the Auto Mobil International Show in Leipzig. The CC model will be offered at the end of this year in the U.S. It is powered by the 200hp 2.0-liter, turbocharged TSI engine, partnered to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

R-Line upgrades are composed of interior and exterior enhancements to make the CC much sportier. When compared with the Sport model, the R-Line comes with a more aggressive front bumper design that gets a big lower air intake and projector-style foglights with a stunning chrome motif.

The side skirts and the R-Line logo on the grille make it different from the Sport model, together with shaded taillights and one-of-a-kind and striking 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The interior features stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates while the multifunction steering wheel for the DSG-equipped model has paddle shifters.

The CC 2.0T R-Line has the following equipment as standard: LED taillights, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System; LED license-plate illumination; rain-sensing windshield wipers; heated 12-way power front seats; the touchscreen Premium VIII sound system with HD Radio, Climatronic automatic climate-control; eight speakers, and a six-disc CD changer; iPod connectivity; Bluetooth technology; and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces.

Volkswagen freshened up the CC for the 2013 Model Year, getting new front and rear styling and an expanded range of standard equipment. The 2013 CC started selling in March and could now seat five. The older models were four-seaters. The new CC moves closer towards the automotive luxury class, providing a sleek, dramatic appearance at a highly reasonable price.

The new Volkswagen CC comes with an overall look that is dynamic and elegant at the same time. Credit is given to the design team headed by no less than Volkswagen Brand’s Head of Design Klaus Bischoff. Specifically, the team redesigned both the front and the rear sections of its body. Further, the additional improvements done on the exterior are complemented by the color and the new alloy wheels. While the doors continue to be frameless and bear no modifications, the view from the side reveals some updates to its appearance.

For example, in the rear section, the bumper now has more transparency and even has a greater volume, When combined, the extended swept-back rear window and the C-pillars with a style similar to the coupe result in a dynamic look for the side. The way the front has been designed has an impact as well given that the new design of the bonnet plus the way it interacts with the new bumper helps sharpen the profile of this model.

In addition, the side sills which have been placed on the wheel housings have a unique form allowing it to stand out. Further, this helps connect the bumper in the front and the one in the rear. Going to the front section, focus is immediately placed on how the radiator grille has a new design as well as the bonnet and the bi-xenon headlights.

Taking what was done in the prior model to extra heights, the radiator grille, headlights, and front bumper have clean lines that continue to follow the design language of the brand to a tee. Under this particular design DNA, emphasis is placed on the horizontal lines and on how the radiator grille and headlight are able to complement each other. Further, the grille no longer has the appearance of a separate V that is bordered by different components in the same color as that of the body.

Instead it now has that attractive and continuous band especially when matched with the headlights. Much like the Phaeton and the US-Passat, an additional air intake has been placed just under the bumper of the new CC. Integrated with the intake are “winglets” with fog lights positioned beside them. For those who want additional lighting, there is the option to have daytime running lights in LED incorporated with the housings of the headlight.

Still, even if it does have an independent design, the front end clearly says that is part of the global brand. As proof, we go back to the radiator grille. The three chrome fins have a style that brings to mind the Phaeton and US-Passat. For those not familiar, the former is manufactured at the 'Gläserne Manufaktur' (Transparent Factory) located in Dresden while the latter is made at a facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

However, like the previous version, the new CC will be made at the factory based in Emden, Germany. Since this highly advanced facility is accessible to and from an overseas port, it ensures that the four-door CC can be shipped immediately to different parts of the world within a number of days.

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