First there was the Passat — a practical, comfortable, and (simply put) nice midsize sedan. Then, the seventh-generation (Euro-market) Passat brought with it the Passat CC (for Comfort Coupe) — a version of the Passat that had a sleek body that was more coupe-like and arguably sexier than the traditional Passat.
The first-generation Passat CC sold in limited quantities but each transaction for the vehicle commanded significantly higher dollar amounts compared to the standard Passat while attracting new customers to Volkswagen. And now that Volkswagen has launched the eighth-generation (B8) Passat in Europe, it’s time for a new Passat CC. As luck would have it, Auto Motor und Sport reports that a decidedly production-ready concept of the upcoming Volkswagen Passat CC will be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show in March.
While little is known about the concept at this time, we happen to know a few things about the next-generation Passat CC. For instance, it will:
- Be completely overhauled (redesigned and re-engineered)
- Be based on VW’s new, highly-modular MQB vehicle
- Be sleeker and more “coupe-like” than the “standard” European-spec Passat B8
- Launch globally as a 2017 model year vehicle
Though there’s nothing official about what will power the new CC, our money is on the car sharing its powertrain lineup with the Passat B8. Currently, this means a variety of engines, with VW’s new 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI (gasoline) and TDI (diesel) engines being among them. The diesel, for example, is rated at a healthy 237 horsepower and a hefty 369 pound-feet of torque.
Stay tuned as we learn more about the new Volkswagen Passat CC concept as the 2015 Geneva Auto Show approaches.