The first generation VW CC, originally known as the VW Passat CC, was facelifted in 2013 and is likely to be sold for more than a year till the next generation arrives. Volkswagen previewed the forthcoming second generation CC with the Sport Coupe Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
A new rendering by automotive illustrator Remco Meulendijk gives a realistic view of how the production version of the next generation CC could look like.
The concept presented in Switzerland was fitted with a 374 hp plug-in hybrid powertrain that consisted a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 TSI petrol engine and two electric motors – one in the front and another in the rear. The internal combustion engine is good for 295 hp and 500 Nm of torque; the electric motor in the front generates 54 hp, while the one in the rear generates 114 hp. Pure electric mode provides a driving range of 50 km and the fuel consumption in hybrid mode is just 2 litres/100 km.
The second generation CC will possibly debut sometime in 2016 and go on sale in second half of the same year or in early 2017. Earlier reports have indicated that the all-new CC will be positioned as a sportier derivative of the Passat in Europe and as a more premium four-door coupe in the the U.S. The European Passat now sits on the lightweight MQB architecture, while the U.S. version of the same is still based on the older, less advanced and heavier PQ46 platform.
The company will continue selling the same PQ46 platform-based model a little longer, with a facelift arriving next year. The delayed launch of the MQB platform-based Passat in the U.S. may possibly delay the launch of the second generation CC.