BARRY PARK July 04, 2012
German maker's new CC comes with an extra seat, but no price increase.
Volkswagen has frozen the prices on its next-generation four-door coupe, and buyers will get more equipment for their money.
The Volkswagen CC as the new version of the comfort coupe is known - it drops the former car’s association with the Passat mid-size passenger sedan - will still only have the choice of a four-cylinder diesel or a V6 petrol engine.
However, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel version of the car remains priced from $54,990 before on-roads, while its petrol-engined, all-wheel-drive sibling powered by a 3.6-litre V6 stays at $64,990.
For their money, buyers get a CC that, externally, bears little resemblance to the more pedestrian Passat.
The car gains a new corporate-style chrome grille and a more chiselled look to its long, low, sweeping form. In a nod to the name change, the tail-lights now incorporate a stylised “CC” similar to the badge that adorns the boot lid.
Standard kit runs to bi-xenon headlights that can peer around corners, 18-inch alloys, scalloped leather seats with 12-way adjustment in the front, and dual-zone air-conditioning.
However, there’s a big change in the rear of the CC, which now features three seats instead of the previous generation’s two-seat layout.
Volkswagen Australia managing director Anke Koeckler says the company has no records to say how many potential buyers of the previous-generation Passat CC had walked away from showrooms once they realised the seating limitations.
She says the “coupe” had to offer more flexibility to families.
“We did have people saying ‘I have three kids, so I need three seats in the back’,” she says. “Having three seats in the back with the new CC is in response to this.”
Standard equipment has also grown to include some important bits of gear, including a reversing camera, a system that warns drivers to take a break if they’ve spent too much time behind the wheel, and an advanced stability control system that mimics a differential lock by controlling wheel spin coming out of corners. It is a similar system to the Golf GTI.
It also gets keyless entry, an electric parking brake, a colour dash, and the safety of eight airbags. Both versions of the CC are matched to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The CC also adds a new easy-open boot feature. If your arms are full and the key is in your pocket, all you need to do is make a kicking motion under the rear bumper and the boot opens automatically.
At first glance, the engines may look the same as for the old model, but the diesel version is now a different beast.
The model is known as the 125TDI BlueMotion, meaning it now borrows from VW’s suite of fuel-saving technologies.
It adds a stop-start system that can switch the engine off while the CC is stopped in traffic, a fuel cut-off that will stop the flow of diesel to the engine while it is coasting, and regenerative braking that loads up the alternator to feed more electricity into the battery to support the start-stop function.
The 2.0-litre engine produces only 125kW of power, but torque is rated at a healthy 350Nm of pulling power from not far off idle, giving it good highway overtaking ability.
That’s the same as the old engine, but fuel use has been cut from 6.3-litre per 100km to 5.7L/100km thanks to the addition of the fuel-saving measures.
The V6 FSI 4Motion also carries over the 220kW 3.6-litre engine, again producing the same 350Nm of torque as the old car.
But fuel use on premium unleaded has dropped to 9.7L/100km from 10.5L/100km.
Since its launch in Australia in early 2009, VW has sold almost 2700 Passat CCs.