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Volkswagen CC facelift revealed: UPDATE

The '4dr Coupe' gets a mid-life nip and tuck... And loses the Passat name...

Volkswagen has previewed the new 2012 CC model ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles motor show later this month. Previously known as the Passat CC Volkswagen have dropped the 'Passat' moniker in the hopes that it can move the car upmarket.

The redesign is substantial and features restyled front and rear ends that update the CC to match Volkswagen's new design style. There are new bumpers front and rear, and the headlights and grille have a more angular look much like the new Passat and facelifted Phaeton. The rear gets similarly updated light clusters with sharper lines and redesigned LED graphics. We actually think this facelift takes away a lot of the individual style the old Passat CC had, but at least it is in line with the rest of the VW range now.

The CC will be offered with two TDI diesels with Stop/Start and regenerative braking technology (for battery charging) as standard - the venerable 2.0 litre TDI with either  138 or 168 bhp.

On the petrol side will be a 1.4 TSi with 158 bhp, 2.0 TSi with 208 bhp and a 3.6 V6 with 295 bhp. Economy-wise, the 138 bhp diesel variant will deliver around 56 mpg combined, producing 125 g/km of CO2.

The 2012 Volkswagen CC will be officially unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18. The model goes on sale in Germany in February 2012 and will be rolled out in markets around the world thereafter.

Images courtesy of Volkswagen

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more