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.
Volkswagen revealed that for the new CC, both the front section and the rear section of the body were redesigned. This was done by a team headed by Volkswagen Brand Head of Design Klaus Bischoff. The changes have allowed this new model to have a more dynamic and more elegant overall look. Complementing the different modifications on the outside are the new colors and the new alloy wheels.
On the front section, one can see that the radiator grille has a new design. Sporting new designs as well is the bonnet and the bi-xenon headlights. On the headlight housings, daytime running lights that use LED have been integrated to it, though this is more of an option. Much like the previous generations, the front bumper’s whole region, plus the radiator grille and headlights, reveal the use of clean lines that match perfectly to the design language of the brand.
The main characteristic of the design language is that it puts focus on the use of horizontal lines while making sure that the radiator grille and headlights blend well. In the new CC though, the grille is not designed anymore to be a separate V frame having elements coming in body color. Instead there is now an attractive and visually continuous band that combines with the headlights.
Further, the CC has an additional air intake under the body-colored bumper, a feature it shares with the Phaeton and even the US-Passat. The intake itself has “winglets” integrated with the fog lights positioned beside them. While the design of the new CC can be considered as independent, the front section remains to have that clear statement that this model is still a “comfort coupe” that is part of the global brand that is Volkswagen. As proof, it is good to look at the radiator grille again. The 3-chrome fins have a style that is similar to the Phaeton and the US-Passat.
It should be noted that the former is manufactured at the Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory) located in Dresden with the latter at a facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition, the new model will be produced at the same plant as that of the previous generation which is in Emden, Germany. What is good about this advanced factory is that it has immediate access to an overseas port ensuring that the new CC can be shipped to other parts of the world in just a few days.