Volkswagen is opening the year 2008 with the world premiere of the Passat CC. Its identifying characteristics: coupé design, yet with four doors; impressive comfort, yet pure dynamics; sporty interior, yet space without compromises. The interplay of these contrasts has resulted in a car whose concept and design set a new course beyond the mainstream.
The CC features a masculine shoulder line, which visually connects the front wheel wells to the taillights, providing the emotional and expressive stance of a sports coupe with all the convenience of a sedan.
The CC Sport and Luxury models are equipped with Volkswagen’s 2.0T inline four-cylinder engine carrying a turbocharger with intercooler and double overhead camshafts. The advanced four-valve per cylinder powerplant also is equipped with variable valve timing and a direct-injection fuel delivery system, both of which contribute to optimum fuel efficiency.
Mated with either a six-speed manual (Sport only) or six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic, the 2.0T delivers 200hp at 5100 rpm, and 207 lb.- ft. of torque between 1800 and 5000 rpm. The 2.0T delivers on its promise of performance with efficiency by achieving fuel economy of 21-mpg in the city, and 31- mpg on the highway with the manual, and 19-city/29-highway with the automatic – corresponding estimated 0-to-60-mph performance is a very capable 6.9- and 7.4-seconds respectively.
The VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion models are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that delivers 280hp at 6200 rpm and 265 lb.-ft of torque at 2750 rpm. Zero-to-60-mph performance is estimated at an exceptional 6.6-seconds; and fuel efficiency is 18-mpg in the city and 27-mpg on the
At the same time, the Passat CC is a progressive technological platform with high-class engines (103 kW / 140 PS to 220 kW / 300 PS) and innovative assistance and driving dynamics systems. These include world firsts in the “Lane Assist” lane keeping system and the “Dynamic Drive Control” electronic chassis control system. No less innovative: the “Park Assist” parking assistant and “ACC Automatic Distance Control” with stopping distance reducing “Front Assist”.
“Lane Assist”: This active lane keeping system on the Passat CC is unique worldwide in this vehicle class. It automatically countersteers as soon as the Passat CC leaves its lane unintentionally; a genuine gain in convenience and safety. About 14 percent of all accidents involving injuries are caused by the vehicle leaving its driving lane. “Lane Assist” will contribute to reducing this accident rate. By the way, if the driver sets the turn signal to intentionally change lanes, “Lane Assist” does not intervene.
”Dynamic Drive Control”: The car’s new “Dynamic Drive Control” (DDC) chassis control system combines the sportiness of a coupé and the comfort of a top sedan in one car. In parallel to tuning of the suspension’s damping characteristic, the power steering system is controlled too. “DDC” offers the three programs “Normal”, “Sport” and “Comfort”. Decisive here is the fact that Dynamic Drive Control improves comfort and dynamic properties in the “Normal” mode too – and therefore full-time. In certain markets, “DDC” is on-board as standard equipment on all versions starting at 125 kW / 170 PS.
“Park Assist”: Another high-end technology is the “Park Assist” parking assistance system. It automatically guides the Passat CC into a parking space at the push of a button. The driver no longer needs to steer in this case, but instead just accelerates and brakes. “ACC Automatic Distance Control”: When “ACC” is activated, the Passat CC automatically brakes and accelerates within a speed range input by the car driver beforehand. Thanks to “Front Assist”, the system also avoids frontal collisions. It uses a radar sensor to monitor the distance to the vehicle ahead of the Passat CC. In advance of certain situations, “Front Assist” preventively places the brakes in a preconditioned state, thereby performing a stopping distance reduction function.
Furthermore, the Passat CC is putting on a whole display of fascinating fireworks with other innovative detailed solutions. These include small details that have tremendous impact. Such as the unique guide system for the side windows in the frameless coupé doors, which do not offer any surfaces for the wind to catch hold. No less impressive is the climate control feature for the car’s seats (active climate seat). Until now this comfort feature was reserved for the Phaeton luxury sedan. In summer months the active climate seat supplies noticeably improved comfort on long drives.
Another perfect example of attention to the smallest detail is the newly designed standard Mobility Tire System: from a purely statistical viewpoint car drivers experience a f lat tire every 100,000 kilometers. On the Passat CC with “Mobility Tires”, it is estimated that this value could be increased to 500,000 kilometers, since a highly f lexible rubber mixture encapsulates the penetrating object and keeps the tire sealed - also after its removal. Also providing for a plus in safety are the up to eight airbags, ESP electronic stabilization program and an extremely high-strength body.
The Passat CC is positioned in the premium range of mid-class cars, in this case the sporty sedans and coupés. However, based on its dimensions (4.8 meters length) and uncompromising layout of comfort and quality properties, the car breaks through class boundaries to the upper mid-class. Its core markets are North America, Western Europe and Japan. The Passat CC – built at the German Volkswagen plant in Emden – will initially be introduced in Europe in the second quarter of the year. Following in the fourth quarter will be the USA and Canada, then Japan.
Design and dimensions
The four-door coupé measures 4,796 millimeters in length, which is 31 millimeters more than the classic Passat. With a width of 1,856 millimeters (an extra 36 millimeters), the Passat CC already ranges in the competitive field of the upper mid-class. Similar to its width, its track width dimensions were also modified. In front it is 1,553 millimeters (an extra 11 millimeters), and in the rear 1,557 millimeters (an extra 16 millimeters). The new Volkswagen measures just 1,420 millimeters in height (lowered by 50 millimeters) – very sports car like.
Especially distinctive are the f lowing lines of the car’s side profile. The roof sweeps a very f lat curve from the A pillars to far beyond the C pillars toward the rear. The lines of the trunk region even extend into the rear window, as if drawn with a single line. The side windows trace a narrow arc bordered in chrome. To further intensify the sporty styling, the side windows are guided into frameless doors. Beneath the window line, a muscular, developed shoulder line is used as a style-defining design element. Designers speak of a so-called tornado line here. In the case of the Passat CC, it forms a visual connection from the front wheel wells to the taillights; its three-dimensional expression delivers a plus in tension – and that may be taken literally with regard to the stability of the external metal skin. No less powerful: the strong modulation of the door above the chrome parking guard strips, the emphasis of the side skirts and the sporty, outboard wheel wells over the standard 17-inch alloy wheels. (optional 18-inch rims).
The front end of the Passat CC shows another facet of the Volkswagen brand’s face. Radiator grille, headlamps and engine hood also bring together the worlds of the sedan and coupé here. More dominant than on any other Volkswagen, the radiator grille with its two cross-struts and centrally placed VW logo extends between the trapezoidal headlamps. The grille is framed in by a surface in car color whose V-like shape represents a visual interface to the engine hood with its distinctive power dome. In the lower area, three large air inlets and integrated turn signal and fog light, left and right, dominate the visual image. The lower borders of the air inlets are formed by a sports car spoiler that optimizes the downforce of the Passat CC at higher speeds. An indicator of the Passat CC’s excellent overall aerodynamic qualities is its drag coefficient of cw 0,29.
The rear end of the coupé is also marked by an absolutely independent design. Large-surface dual taillights produce an unmistakable visual image, day and night. A rear spoiler – that has been very stylishly worked into the modulation of the trunk lid – tames air turbulence and, like its counterpart at the front end, supplies greater downforce. The large rear window visually extends far into the short but high-opening trunk lid. It is a continuation of the coupé’s roof line. A styling trick makes the window appear even larger and the trunk lid even smaller: the trunk lid section that directly borders the glass has a black painted design element in glass look.
From a purely visual perspective, it extends the glass look and thereby underscores the dynamic character of the Passat CC. In the lower section of the bumper, meanwhile, attention is drawn to the chrome trim strips, the continuation of the lateral sill panel seam, and the visible tail pipes of the exhaust system on the left and right.
Panorama vent sunroof
Newly developed for the Passat CC is an electrically actuated Panorama vent sunroof. The transparent roof is 750 millimeters long and 1,120 millimeters wide. This means that it covers the entire frontal area up to the B pillars. In this case, the front roof rail is also in black. The “Panorama power vent sunroof”, that is the proper term for it, can be raised by 40 millimeters.
The Passat CC is a pure four-seater. The coupé philosophy is ref lected in the interior in this seat layout too. Both in front and in the rear, ergonomically designed sport seats of the highest caliber are used.
The cockpit design of the classic Passat is already considered exceptionally sporty, elegant and high-end. The coupé is also characterized by this basic styling. Newly conceptualized were the entire rear seating area, the instruments, control of the standard climate control system, the steering wheels that are offered and door trim including accent strips. Available options here include accents in genuine wood and newly developed applications of brushed aluminum. However, the decor strips in the doors not only look good: upon request their entire contours become part of a newly designed ambiance lighting system, called “ambiance package”, giving the interior an especially pleasant lighting ambiance at night.
A total of three new leather sport steering wheels are available for the Passat CC. They all have three spokes, where the lower spoke was designed as a kind of dual spoke with an integrated metal application. Depending on the version, the multifunction keys in the steering wheel can be used to control the trip computer, various assistance systems, the audio systems and telephone. On vehicles with automatic transmission, there is also the option of up- and downshifting by paddles in the vicinity of the two lateral spokes on the steering wheel. Also new on board is the button for controlling the “Dynamic Drive Control” system (DDC with a Normal, Comfort and Sport mode); it is located on the center tunnel just to the right of the gearshift knob.
The Passat CC is being offered with a new generation radio and navigation system. Features of the top version – the RNS 510 – include intuitive touchscreen control and a hard-disk supported navigation system. In conjunction with the “Rear Assist” parking assistance system, when driving in reverse images of the surroundings behind the Passat CC are transmitted to the screen from a rearview camera (in the VW emblem).
Newly developed for the standard 6-way (driver side) – or optional 12-way – power sport seats in front is a climate control feature. The new climate seat provides active ventilation of the seat and seatback surfaces, improving comfort considerably. 500 to 600 liters of air per square meter are exchanged per minute here using ventilation fan motors that are practically silent. Continuously variable control of the climate seat is offered via a separate switch in the seat base. The climate seat, always in black, is offered in conjunction with leather and fabric seat covers, and in North America with artificial leather seat covers as well. Another standard feature is a center armrest under which an air-conditioned storage compartment is located. Also integrated in the center tunnel unit are two beverage holders; they can be closed by a sliding cover when not in use.
Maximum long-distance ride comfort is also offered by the individual seats in the rear. Like the front seats, seat heating is an optional feature. The sport seats offer – and this differs from a conventional rear bench seat – ergonomically optimized lateral support on the sides of the seatbacks and seat surfaces. Standard features include a center armrest between the two rear seats and an additional storage compartment.
As in front, this compartment has two variable beverage holders with a sliding cover to close them. When the center armrest is folded down, a pass-through feature makes it possible to stow longer objects such as skis into the trunk area with its 535 liter volume (with spare wheel well). Protecting the rear passengers from curious onlookers and the sun is an electrically controlled rear window screen. Moreover, tinted privacy glass may be ordered for the rear window and rear side windows (65 percent light absorbing).
Also re-designed were the steering wheels offered on the Passat CC. A total of three leather sport steering wheels are available. They all have three spokes, where the lower spoke was designed as a kind of dual spoke with an integrated metallic accent. Depending on the version, the multifunction keys in the steering wheel can be used to control the trip computer, various assistance systems, the audio system and telephone. On vehicles with automatic transmission, there is also the option of up- and downshifting using the paddles located near the two lateral spokes on the steering wheel.
The Passat CC is being offered with a new generation radio and navigation system that was introduced in 2007. Features of the top version – the RNS 510 – include intuitive touchscreen control and a hard-disk supported navigation system. In conjunction with the “Rear Assist” parking assistance system, when driving in reverse a rearview camera (in the VW emblem) transmits images of the surroundings behind the Passat to the screen. Also newly developed is the “Media-In” multimedia socket.
This USB interface can be used to integrate iPods and many other current MP3 and DVD players in the particular audio system installed in the Passat CC. The USB port is located in the glove box. Control is via the Passat CC’s radio or radio-navigation system. Title information is also shown in the display.
Vehicle Dynamic Highlights
The Passat CC is being offered with numerous new and innovative vehicle dynamic technologies. A highlight here is the “Lane Assist” lane keeping assistant being introduced for the first time on a Volkswagen. The system is able to assist with a corrective steering intervention to help keep the car in its lane. Of course, the system does not relieve drivers of their responsibility for diligent control of the vehicle.
Another new technical feature is DCC adaptive chassis control
The adjustable chassis is a standard feature on the top model of the new car series, the Passat CC V6 4Motion. Adaptive chassis control offers three different programs. Crucial here is the fact that the adaptive chassis control system improves driving characteristics across the board. That is because the suspension is constantly being adapted to the roadway and driving situation. Also standard equipment aboard the top model is the latest generation of 4Motion full-time all-wheel drive, which underwent significant advanced development. The results: greater dynamics and optimized active safety.
Another high-end technology is the “Park Assist” parking assistance system. It automatically guides the Passat CC into a parking space parallel to the roadway at the push of a button. The driver no longer needs to steer in this case, but instead just accelerates and brakes. In addition, there is the “ACC automatic distance control”, which is familiar from the “classic” Passat. When “ACC” is activated the Passat CC automatically brakes and accelerates within a speed range preset by the driver (0 to 210 km/h).
Thanks to “Front Assist”, the system can also prevent some cases of frontal collisions. In advance of certain situations the system preventatively puts the brakes in a preconditioned state, thereby functioning as a stopping distance reduction system (“AWV”). “Front Assist” also warns the driver of hazardous situations by visual and acoustic signals. Even more: If a minimum driving distance is not maintained, in extreme cases the system brakes the Passat CC to a stop (“follow-to-stop”). However, it does not relieve drivers of their responsibility and lets them intervene in the process at all times.
Lane Assist – the new lane-keeping assistant by Volkswagen This active lane keeping system on the Passat CC automatically counter-steers as soon as it detects that the Passat CC could leave its lane unintentionally; a genuine gain in convenience and safety. The reason: About 14 percent of all accidents involving injuries are caused by a vehicle leaving its driving lane. “Lane Assist” can make a contribution toward reducing this accident rate. By the way, if the driver sets the turn signal to intentionally change lanes, “Lane Assist” does not intervene.
The system is activated via the multifunctional display on the Passat CC. The driver selects the system under the “Lane Assist” menu item to activate it. As long as the driver does not deactivate the system, from that point forward “Lane Assist” takes effect starting at a speed of 65 km/h. “Lane Assist” detects lane markings via a camera in the vicinity of the rearview mirror or rain sensor. It does not matter whether road lines are continuous or broken as in the case of a center stripe. “Lane Assist” also operates in darkness. However, the system does not intervene when there are no lane markings.
Once “Lane Assist” has been activated, the driver is informed by a yellow indicator symbol in the shape of a driving lane in the instrument cluster. As soon as the camera has acquired the proper lane markings, the symbol lights green. Now the system is fully active. As soon as the system indicates that the car is leaving the ideal line, “Lane Assist” counters by steering in the opposite direction. Decisive here: counter-steering is very continuous and gentle. If the driver takes his or her hands off the steering wheel entirely, the system detects this and issues a warning, both acoustic and by a text message in the instrument cluster – a so-called request to resume control – and if the driver does not resume steering the system switches itself off after eight seconds.
Similarly, the driver can always “override” the “Lane Assist” steering with just a little force. The lane keeping assistant does not react when the driver activates the turn signal before crossing over a lane marker either. Incidentally, “Lane Assist” functionality is only possible if the car has “controllable” electro-mechanical power steering, such as the Passat CC has as standard equipment.
DCC adaptive chassis control – more dynamics and comfort
When it comes to the chassis, a gain in truly perceptible sportiness always comes at the expense of comfort, and the opposite holds true as well. It would therefore be ideal to have a chassis that could continually adapt to roadway conditions and the specific wishes of the driver or car passengers. However, that requires an electrically adjustable suspension. This new “adaptive chassis control” by Volkswagen is offered as standard equipment on the Passat CC V6 4Motion. Not only is the suspension’s damping characteristic controlled, but the electro-mechanical power steering is tuned as well.
“Adaptive chassis control” offers three programs: “Normal”, “Sport” and “Comfort”. “Sport” and “Comfort” are selected by a pushbutton to the right of the gearshift lever. Decisive here is the fact that driving characteristics are improved by adaptive chassis control continually. That is because the suspension constantly adapts to the roadway and the driving situation. The system also reacts to acceleration, braking and steering inputs. This resolves the conflict in objectives between a stiff sporty suspension and a comfortable suspension. For drivers and their passengers this makes itself felt in significantly improved ride comfort.
In the “Sport” program, on the other hand, the Passat CC is transformed into an agile sports car, since the suspension is stiffened considerably; and simultaneously power steering boost is reduced with more direct layout. The opposite is the case in “Comfort” mode. Comfort is significantly improved, especially on poor roadways and during slower driving; the suspension
characteristic is then similar to that of a luxury sedan in the style of the Phaeton.
Components of the new “adaptive chassis control” system include four dampers with characteristic map control, a gateway control module that serves as an interface to the CAN data networks in the Passat CC, three sensors for measuring wheel displacements, three sensors for measuring movements of the car body and a control module for suspension control. The “Normal”, “Sport” and “Comfort” modes are also indicated in the instrument cluster.
4Motion – the latest generation of all-wheel drive
A standard feature on the Passat CC V6 4Motion is the latest generation of Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system. 4Motion has undergone significant advanced development compared to the version implemented to date. Above all, the transfer of power between the front and rear axles – and therefore the all-wheel clutch – exhibits significant advances compared to the prior
generation. The most important of these: activation of all-wheel drive no longer requires a speed difference between the front and rear axles. The result: additional gains in active safety and dynamics.
Details of the 4Motion system on the Passat CC: the electrohydraulic all-wheel clutch runs in an oil bath. Different than on the preceding generation, pressure buildup is handled by an electric pump. The multi-plate clutch system itself was integrated in the rear axle drive. The electric pump delivers oil to the pressure reservoir whose working pressure is 30 bar. An ECU computes the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and regulates, via a valve, how much oil pressure is transmitted to the working piston of the multi-plate clutch. In this process, the contact pressure on the clutch plates is proportional to the torque desired at the rear axle. The transferable torque can be continuously varied by the magnitude of the pressure applied to the clutch plates.
Compared to the previous 4MOTION generation, the system operates as a function of slip, since the working pressure is always available. When starting up from a stop and accelerating, slip of the wheels at the front axle is prevented even more intensively, since the ECU controls torque distribution based on dynamic axle loads. In extreme cases, it is still possible to direct nearly 100 percent of the drive torque to the rear axle.
Basic layout of the Passat CC chassis:
The Passat CC shows just how a modern front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive chassis should perform in terms of both its comfort and handling properties. The four-link rear suspension that is acoustically decoupled from the car body via a subframe, the McPherson front suspension designed with aluminum components and electro-mechanical power steering all guarantee agility, comfort and safety of the highest level.
The chassis technology is perfected by the ESP system with integrated trailer stabilization that is standard equipment worldwide. Going beyond familiar ESP functions, when a trailer is being towed the system ensures early detection of the dreaded trailer swaying and reduces it by specific brake and engine interventions.
The front suspension of the Passat CC is based on the McPherson principle with lower mounted A-arms and MacPherson struts. This suspension is very light and therefore offers numerous advantages. In the area of the especially rigid and crash-optimized suspension subframe alone, 4.5 kilograms of weight were trimmed compared to a conventional sheet steel design.
Also very light are the transverse links manufactured from forged aluminum. Here the weight advantage compared to sheet steel is a total of 4.2 kilograms. Lightweight construction methods are especially beneficial when it comes to unsprung masses. Therefore, besides the transverse links, the linkage bearings are also made of aluminum. The weight advantage here adds up to 3.2 kilograms. Thanks to a special design, it was also possible to save 1.4 kilograms of weight in the area of the stabilizer. The various lightweight construction methods reduce the weight of the front suspension by a total of 13.3 kilograms. And that means: greater comfort, more dynamics and better fuel economy.
The Passat CC has a four-link rear suspension. It is also very light and offers a high degree of ride comfort and stability. A special layout of the links makes it possible to tune longitudinal and transverse dynamics separately. The separation of functions ensures optimal dynamics and driving safety on the one hand, and very impressive ride comfort on the other.
The four-link rear suspension consists of a decoupled subframe to which the steering knuckle is connected via the spring arm, tie rod and transverse arm upward in a transverse direction. Wheel locating in the longitudinal direction is handled by the trailing arm. Also used on the rear suspension are weight-optimized tube stabilizers. Decisive for the very good comfort of the Passat CC is the fact that the rear suspension is decoupled from the car body via the subframe. This isolation is accomplished by four rubber-metal bearings. The bearing’s rubber mixture was selected to satisfy the special dynamic requirements during driving operation in an ideal way. The result: isolation of the subframe elevates acoustic comfort and driving and ride comfort to luxury class levels.
Engines and transmissions
Volkswagen will be offering the Passat CC exclusively with highly advanced direct injection engines worldwide. The gasoline engines (TSI and FSI) fulfill the EU-4 and the American ULEV2 emissions standards. The EU-5 that becomes law in 2009 will be satisfied by the turbodiesels (TDI) offered in Europe.
1.8 TSI with 160 PS
In Europe, a TSI engine with power output of 118 kW / 160 PS (at 5,000 rpm) offers entry into the world of the Passat CC. The turbocharged four-cylinder is exceptionally fuel efficient (average fuel consumption: 7.6 liters/100 km) and torquestrong (maximal 250 Newton-meter at just 1,500 rpm). With this new engine, the Passat CC reaches a speed of 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds; its top speed is 222 km/h. This TSI is shifted via a manual six-speed transmission as standard equipment; as an option it can be combined with a completely newly developed 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG).
2.0 TSI with 200 PS
At the next power level – in this case also in North America – a 147 kW / 200 PS (at 5,100 rpm) strong TSI is used. It too has a turbocharger, and it too shines with very good torque and fuel economy values. Over 100 kilometers this 280 Newton-meter (starting at 1,800 rpm) strong four-cylinder consumes just 7.9 liters of fuel. Despite this, it offers a top speed of 237 km/h. The Passat CC with this engine handles the sprint to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. As an alternative to the standard manual six-speed transmission, a six-speed automatic is available here.
3.6 FSI with 280 PS and 300 PS
The strongest gasoline engine used in the Passat CC is a 3.6 liter displacement six cylinder delivering 220 kW / 300 PS (at 6,600 rpm). In North America this engine will be offered with a power output of 206 kW / 280 PS. The 300 PS version develops a maximum torque of 350 Newton-meter (from 2,400 rpm) and accelerates the coupé to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. Its average fuel consumption is 10.1 liters. Comparable values of the US-Version: 360 Newtonmeter at 2,500 rpm, and 6.6 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, the US version is limited to 210 km/h.
The Passat CC 3.6 V6 FSI is offered with full-time 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The European version is shifted via the automated DSG dual clutch transmission. Meanwhile, a six-speed automatic with Tiptronic handles shifting work on the US variant.
2.0 TDI with 140 PS and 170 PS
In the European market, the Passat CC will also be available with TDI engines that are as economical as they are clean and torque-strong. The new common rail diesels output 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. While the “small” TDI already develops its maximum torque of 320 Newton-meter at a low 1,750 rpm, maximum torque on the “large” TDI is even 350 Newton-meter (from 1,750 rpm). In the 140 PS version, the Passat CC accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 213 km/h.
This contrasts with average fuel consumption of just 5.8 liters per 100 kilometers. With 170 PS the Passat CC 2.0 TDI is 227 km/h fast. The Volkswagen puts the classic sprint to 100 km/h behind it in 8.6 seconds. Also excellent is its low fuel consumption value of 6.0 liters per 100 kilometers. Either of the TDIs may be ordered with the innovative DSG dual clutch transmission as an option.
6-speed and 7-speed DSG
Five years ago, Volkswagen introduced the first production dual-clutch transmission in the world: the 6-speed DSG. That marked the beginning of the Volkswagen dual-clutch transmission’s winning ways. Sin ce then more than a million 6-speed DSGs have been sold. Just in the past year volume was about 400,000. On the Passat CC, besides the 6-speed DSG, the new 7-speed DSG is also used for engines outputting greater than 250 Newton-meter torque. It was developed for high-volume engines with up to 250 Newton-meter torque and therefore also for the new 160-PS TSI of the Passat CC.
The new 7-speed DSG, like its counterpart with its six forward gears, is a pure Volkswagen development. In designing this intelligent automatic transmission, the focus was on combining the comfort of a conventional automatic with the economy and dynamics of a manual transmission. The overall potential of the dual-clutch transmission for reducing fuel consumption is enormous, regardless of the Volkswagen in which it is operating: compared to a manual transmission savings amount to up to twelve percent, depending on the engine; compared to an automatic with lock-up torque converter it is as much as 20 percent.
The Passat CC– unlike the classic Passat sedan and the Passat Variant – is intentionally being offered in just one exclusive equipment line. The new model follows a philosophy of equipment features similar to that of the Phaeton and Touareg. In keeping with its positioning in the premium range of mid-class cars, the Passat CC is characterized by basic equipment features that are as extensive as they are luxurious. They include 17-inch alloy wheels (Phoenix type), self-sealing size 235 tires, chrome accents (inside and outside), four ergonomic sport seats (individual seating system in rear), a new three-spoke leather steering wheel design, leather gearshift knob, center armrests front and rear, automatic headlamp switching, power window lifts in frameless coupé doors, ambient lighting of the center console, automatically dimming rearview mirror and semi-automatic climate control system (“Climatic”).
Overview of standard equipment on the Passat CC (excerpt):
- Turn signal lamps in LED technology, located laterally in the outside mirrors
- Chrome strips on the side windows
- Chrome radiator grille frame and fins
- “Phoenix” alloy wheels (TDI, TSI) / “Spa” (V6) in 8 J x 17, mobility tires 235/45 R17 (self-sealing)
- Front guard strips in car color, chrome on sides and in rear
- Green tinted glass
- Storage bins in instrument panel
- Ambient lighting
- Cup holders in front with covers
- Storage box and cup holders with covers between rear seats
- Storage compartment with lid in headliner console
- Storage bins in all doors on driver and passenger sides
- Chrome bezel on rotary light switch
- Decorative chrome bezels on instruments in the instrument panel
- Decorative “chrome” accents on instrument panel, doors and center console
- Pass-through feature in rear bench seat with rear center armrest
- Individual seating system in rear
- Glove box with cooling option
- Leather steering wheel (three spoke) with chrome (matte) decor
- Lumbar support and seatback angle adjustment in front, power adjustment on driver’s side
- Center armrest, front, with storage box and air vent in back
- Leather gearshift knob
- Seat covers in f lat woven fabric, “Silversprint” pattern
- Sport seats in front, height adjustable
- Airbag for driver and front passenger, front passenger airbag can be deactivated
- Three-point automatic safety belts at all seating positions with height adjustment, in front with belt tensioners
- ESP with counter-steering support including ABS with braking assistant, ASR, EDS, trailer stabilization and MSR
- Rearview mirror automatically dimming
- Isofix mounting brackets on rear bench seat
- Head airbag system for front and rear passengers
- Head rests, front and rear
- LED flasher lamps integrated in outside mirror housings
- Mobility tires
- Ref lectors in doors
- Tire monitoring indicator
- Tire pressure monitoring system (V6)
- Seat belt reminder system (SBR)
- Side airbag for driver and front passenger, can be deactivated on passenger side
- Tie-down eyes in trunk area
- Automatic hazard f lasher activation during hard braking
- Triangular safety ref lector integrated in trunk lid
- Auxiliary child seat anchor (top tether)
- DCC adaptive chassis control (V6)
- Outside mirror on driver’s side aspherical
- Outside mirror with power adjustment and heating
- Turn signal function with convenient one-touch switching
- Automatic headlamp switching with “Coming home” and “Leaving home” functions
- Power window lifts, front and rear
- Remote unlocking of trunk and fuel door
- Trunk f loor can be installed
- Trunk area lighting
- Trunk lid with automatic opening feature
- Interior lighting, front and rear, with shutoff delay and dimming function
- “Climatic” climate control system
- “Press & Drive” convenience start function
- Load sill guard strip
- Steering column is height and length adjustable
- Reading lamps with chrome bezels, front and rear
- Make-up mirror, illuminated, in sun visors
- 12V outlet on center console in rear and in trunk
- Multifunctional display “Plus” (on-board computer)
- Parking brake, electro-mechanical / auto-hold function (with DSG)
- Windshield wipers with interval settings and rain sensor
- Power steering, electro-mechanical, with speed-dependent control
- Sport chassis (TDI, TSI)
- Dust and pollen filter with activated carbon insert
- Central locking with RF remote control, two RF keys
The new Passat CC can be customized with special equipment features to satisfy specific personal wishes. On the one hand, options include convenience features such as the ambient lighting package with an entirely new type of indirect lighting in the door panels, actively ventilated seats, luxurious leather and leather/Alcantara upholstery or the uncommonly large panorama vent sunroof. On the other hand, they include innovative technological systems such as “DCC adaptive chassis control”, the “Lane Assist” lane-keeping assistant, bi-xenon headlamps with curve lighting system and daytime running lamps, a hard-drive radio-navigation system with touchscreen (“RNS 510”), “ACC” automatic distance control, “Park Assist” parking-steering assistant or the powerful 600 Watt Dynaudio sound system, all of which offer an additional plus in safety or convenience.
Overview of optional equipment on the Passat CC (excerpt):
- DCC adaptive chassis control; full-time adaptive tuning of damping to the roadway and driving situation as well as tuning of steering assist by three individually selectable settings (“Sport”, “Comfort”, “Normal”)
- Ambient lighting package; lamps in footwell in front and light strips on door trim, entry/warning lamps in front doors, dimmable
- Trailer hitch, removable; with auto-hold function and electronic trailer stabilization
- Outside mirror, power folding, with integrated surround lighting; also automatically dimming on driver’s side
- Auto-hold function; via electronic parking brake
- ACC automatic distance control; with “Front Assist” system that observes surroundings, proximity radar and cruise control system
- CD changer for 6 CDs in glove box
- Daytime running lights
- “Brushed aluminum” decorative accents; for instrument panel, doors and center console, decorative chrome rings on pull handles and mirror adjustment switches, window lift switches with chrome strips
- “Walnut root” fine wood decorative accents; for instrument panel, doors and center console, decorative chrome rings on pull handles and mirror adjustment switches, window lift switches with chrome strips
- “Vavona” fine wood decorative accents; for instrument panel and doors as well as decorative “brushed aluminum” accents on center console, decorative chrome rings on pull handles and mirror adjustment switches, window lift switches with chrome strips
- “Plus” anti-theft warning system; anti-theft warning system with immobilizer, electronic interior monitoring, back-up horn,
- anti-towing protection and convenience locking • DAB digital radio receiver; receives digitally broadcast radio stations and traffic information supplemental to analog broadcast programs
- Windshield, heated
- Windshield, noise-dampening glass
- Garage door opener; permanently integrated, programmable RF remote control mounted in driver’s sun visor with dual sun visors, pull-out sun visors
- Cruise control
- “Climatronic” automatic climate control; with automatic recirculation switching via air quality sensor and 2-zone temperature control, separately controllable left and right with indirect ventilation mode
- Climate control package; “Climatronic”, power “panorama-vent sunroof”, power sun shade for rear window
- Climate seat
- “Alcantara / leather” leather package; windshield washer nozzles automatically heated, center panels of seats in Alcantara, seat side cushions and center armrest surfaces in “Vienna” leather, door trim in leather look, front seats heated
- “Nappa” leather package; windshield washer nozzles automatically heated, center panels of seats, seat side cushions and center armrest surfaces in “Nappa” leather, door trim in leather look, front seats heated
- “Miami” alloy wheels; alloy wheels 8 J x 17, mobility tires 235/45 R 17 (self-sealing)
- “Spa” alloy wheels; alloy wheels 8 J x 17, mobility tires 235/45 R 17 (self-sealing)
- “Daytona” alloy wheels: alloy wheels 8 J x 18, mobility tires 235/40 R 18 (self-sealing)
- “Interlagos” alloy wheels; alloy wheels 8 J x 18 in Sterling Silver color or brightly polished finish, mobility tires 235/40 R 18 (self-sealing)
- Mobile telephone prep; hands-free system with interface to a microphone and vehicle loudspeakers suitable for GSM 900 and 1800 MHz, bracket for mobile telephone holder, loudness control for telephone calls via radio / radio-navigation system, radio mute switching for incoming calls, wiring including power supply
- “Premium” mobile telephone prep; in front center armrest for mobile telephones with Bluetooth remote SIM Access Profile (rSAP), display in instrument cluster, e.g. of telephone book and incoming SMS , hands-free system with interface to a microphone and vehicle loudspeakers suitable for GSM 900 and 1800 MHz, operated via “Plus” multifunctional display, loudness control for telephone calls via radio / radio-navigation system, radio mute switching for incoming calls, user-dependent voice activation, e.g. for input of telephone numbers to be called
- “Premium” mobile telephone prep with fold-out keyboard; same features as “Premium” mobile telephone prep but with fold-out keyboard instead of storage bin on left side
- Nokia 3109 classic; including mobile telephone holder with charging function, Bluetooth interface with remote SIM access, profile (rSAP) support, hands free profile, auxiliary charger with power plug for 100 to 240 Volt
- Multifunctional leather steering wheel (three spoke); with chrome (matte) accent, controls for multifunctional display, radio, telephone
- Multifunctional leather steering wheel (3 spoke) with paddles; with decor in chrome (matte), controls for gearshifting, multifunctional display, radio, telephone
- Media-In multimedia socket; for direct connection of USB sticks and MP3 players with USB certification, control and display via radio or radio-navigation system installed
- Fog lamps
- Panorama vent sunroof, power
- ParkPilot; acoustic warning signals in case of obstacles in front of or behind car, shown in display of radio or radio-navigation system
- “Rear Assist” rearview camera
- “Rear Assist” rearview camera including “ParkPilot”
- “Park Assist” parking-steering assistant including “ParkPilot”
- “Park Assist” parking-steering assistant including “Rear Assist” and “ParkPilot”
- “RNS 300” radio-navigation system; with MP3 playback function, 4 x 20 Watt, 8 loudspeakers, CD drive also for playback of audio CDs, CD-ROM for Germany, dynamic route guidance via TMC
- “RNS 510” radio-navigation system; with MP3 playback function, 4 x 20 Watt, 8 loudspeakers, multicolor TFT display, touchscreen control, with map display in central instrument panel area (16:9 format), SD card slot, DVD drive for playback of audio CDs, (also in MP3 and WMA format) and audio / video DVDs (image only enabled when vehicle is stopped), playback of audio CDs even while route guidance is activated, 2D or 3D map representation may be selected, integrated 30 GB hard drive for saving navigation data medium and for CDs and DVDs in MP3 and WMA format, DVD for Western or Eastern Europe, screen display can be partitioned into map information and supplemental information areas, multimedia AUX-IN socket in center console, dynamic route guidance via separate RDS TMC tuner
- “RNS 510 Volkswagen Sound” radio-navigation system; Same features as “RNS 510”, but with Volkswagen sound system, 10 loudspeakers, specially tuned to output power, analog 8-channel amplifier, output power 250 Watt
- “RNS 510 DYNAUDIO Sound” radio-navigation system; Same features as “RNS 510”, but with high-end sound system, 10 low-resonant loudspeakers, specially tuned to output power, digital 10-channel amplifier, vehicle-specific sound equalization, output power 600 Watt
- “RCD 310” radio system; with MP3 playback function and title display, 4 x 20 Watt, 8 loudspeakers, CD-Player, dual tuners, multimedia AUX-IN socket in center console
- Radiosystem „RCD 310 Volkswagen Sound“; same features as “RCD 310”, but with Volkswagen sound system, 10 loudspeakers specially tuned for power, analog 8-channel amplifier, total output power 250 Watt
- “RCD 510” radio system; with MP3 playback function, 4 x 20 Watt, 8 loudspeakers, CD changer for 6 CDs, multicolor TFT display, multimedia AUX-IN socket in center console, SD card slot (for playback of audio files), touchscreen operation, traffic radio memory for recalling last four minutes (TIM: Traffic Information Memory)
- “RCD 510 Volkswagen Sound” radio systems; same features as “RCD 510”, but with Volkswagen sound system, 10 loudspeakers, specially tuned for power, analog 8-channel amplifier, output power 250 Watt
- “RCD 510 DYNAUDIO Sound” radio systems; same features as “RCD 510”, but with high-end sound system, 10 low-resonant loudspeakers, specially tuned for power, digital 10-channel amplifier, vehicle-specific sound equalization, output power 600 Watt
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Seatbacks of rear seats asymmetrically split and folding
- Headlamp cleaning system
- “KESSY” keyless locking and engine starting system; including “Press & Drive” convenience start function
- Side airbags and belt tensioners in rear; for the rear seats in addition to the head airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags and belt tensioners in front that are already standard features
- Tinted rear side windows and rear window; 65% light-absorbing
- Sunshade on rear window; electrically actuated
- Sport seats in front with 12-way power adjustment; for longitudinal position, seat height, seat and seatback angles, as well as lumbar support; power outside mirrors folding and separately heated, with memory function and ambient lighting, automatically dimming on driver’s side, passenger side mirror lowering, memory seat function for driver’s seat
- Sports package; bi-xenon headlamps for low-beam and highbeam lamps, dynamic and static curve lighting, dynamic headlamp leveling, fog lamps, headlamp cleaning system, daytime running lamps, tinted side windows and rear window, 65% light-absorbing, “brushed aluminum” decor inserts for instrument panel, doors and center console, as well as chrome decorative rings around handles and mirror adjustment switch, window lift switches with chrome stripes
- “Lane Assist” lane-keeping assistant; warning when car leaves driving lane by corrective steering intervention
- Park heating and ventilation; with RF remote control and preselect clock
- Winter package; automatic heated front washer nozzles, front seat heating; optionally with rear seat heating
- Xenon headlamps; bi-xenon for low-beam and high-beam lamps with dynamic and static curve lighting, dynamic headlight leveling, headlamp cleaning system, daytime running lamps
- “St. Moritz” winter tires (additional); (additional); alloy wheels 6 ½ J x 17, mobility winter tires 205/50 R 17 (self-sealing), including lug wrench and car jack; may be ordered with additional tire pressure sensors as an option.
- 230-V socket; at the rear center console
|Sport||2.0 TSI 200hp, 4 cylinder||6-speed Manual Transmission||$27,100|
|Sport||2.0 TSI 200hp, 4 cylinder||6-speed Tiptronic Automatic||$27,890|
|Luxury||2.0 TSI 200hp, 4 cylinder||6-speed Tiptronic Automatic||$31,990|
|VR6 Sport||3.6 TSI™ 280hp, 6 cylinder||6-speed Tiptronic Automatic||$38,300|
|VR6 4MOTION||3.6 TSI™ 280hp, 6 cylinder||6-speed Tiptronic Automatic W/4Motion||$39,300|
Sport Optional Accessories
Rear passenger side thorax airbag† supplemental restraint system $350
Luxury Optional Accessories
Rear passenger side thorax airbag† supplemental restraint system $350
Navigation System with Rearview Camera $2,640
Dynaudio Premium Sound System $1000
VR6 Sport Optional Accessories
Rear passenger side thorax airbag† supplemental restraint system $350
Navigation System with Rearview Camera $2,640
VR6 4MOTION Optional Accessories
Rear passenger side thorax airbag† supplemental restraint system $350
Navigation System with Rearview Camera $2,640