VW’S four-door coupe is a Passat with panache
There’s little surprise that the global masses have rushed to splash out on Volkswagen’s stylish Passat CC
‘‘ YOU can’t say no, just say CCs’’— a corny line from an even cornier chip ad, but that’s where Volkswagen is heading with the four-door coupe version of its new Passat.
More than 320,000 people globally have handed over their hard-earned to get a taste of the most svelte member of the Passat family.
Previously that was not a difficult accolade to achieve as the rest of the range didn’t exactly push the edge of the styling and design envelope.
The new CC (it stands for Comfort Coupe) range will remain a two-model line-up— the 125TDI front-drive model (which is 60 per cent of CC sales here) will kick off proceedings at an unchanged starting price of $54,990, despite equipment upgrades, including the driver fatigue detection system, the reversing camera and satnav. The features list has dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), Bluetooth phone and audio link, the aforementioned touchscreen satellite navigation and 8-speaker infotainment system with auxiliary input, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, auto-dipping mirrors inside and out, folding and heated external mirrors and a leather- wrapped steering wheel with audio, phone and trip computer controls.
The CC V6 sells for an unchanged $64,990 and for that gets a different 18-inch wheel and the all-wheel drive system.
The new Volkswagen CC will again have the choice of a 125kw/350nm two-litre turbodiesel, or the 220kw/ 350Nm V6 petrol engine in the Awd model; both have sixspeed DSG transmissions.
The diesel gets what vw calls the Bluemotion fuel-saver systems, including start-stop, a coasting de-coupling function on the gearbox and a brake energy battery recharge function as standard equipment, while the V6 petrol model gets only the brake energy recovery system.
The diesel’s outputs are unchanged at 125kw and 350Nm, enough to push the TDI model to 100km/h in 8.6 seconds but lay claim to 5.7 litres/100km.
The V6 petrol model’s awd system runs at 90 per cent front in normal driving, using the rear wheels when required by means of a number of sensors,
Nice lines: The CC is the most svelte member of the Passat family