| 4th November 2011
Volkswagen has released images of its new Passat CC model, which is going to be officially unveiled in Los Angeles on November 16th.
Without a doubt the new CC looks similar to its predecessor the four-door Passat. But the new CC has some minor differences in both design and engine options.
The new CC will be available with a 1.8-litre and a 2.0-litre petrol engine, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel.
Distinctive new features include a new radiator grille, bi-xenon headlights and a newly designed bonnet profile. It also has a new bumper and silver-coloured 'winglets' that frame the fog lights.
The frameless door design has been carried over from the previous Passat but these doors will be slightly more sculpted and stylish.
The CC's rear bumper has been completely re-designed with more emphasis on its chrome strip deign.
The rear badge of the car doubles up as a handle for the boot and can now function as a rear-view camera, but this is optional. Alongside the badge where the original 'Passat' name model name would feature, has now been removed.
Although the Passat name has been dropped at the rear of the CC, it will still feature similar standard features such as driver alert system and front head restraints with four-way adjustment, to reduce the risk of whiplash.
Optional features include high beam assist, which automatically controls dipping of the headlights; side assist, which monitors the vehicle's blind spot; lane assist and adaptive cruise control with city emergency braking function; front climate seats with massage function; and an electrically deployed towbar.
The Volkswagen CC will make its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show before going on sale in the US in early 2012, but UK customers will have to wait until March 2012.