No, Volkswagen is not creating a lineup of cars dedicated to your favorite southern rock band, Credence Clearwater Revival. We "Heard it through the Grapevine" that VW is actually moving its sporty trim level, dubbed the R-Line, over to its current sports sedan, the CC. This new trim level is set to debut on June 1st at the Leipzig Auto Show in Germany.
This new addition to the CC lineup will give the CC a sixth trim level to accompany the Sport, Sport Plus, Lux, Lux V6, and VR6 4Motion. Though this model receives the R-line badges and sportier appearance, it does not have higher horsepower, like other R-line vehicles, so it won’t get you “Up Around The Bend” any faster than the top-level CC VR6.
So what can we really expect from this new CC R-line? Does this mean that there is a “Bad Moon Rising” for fellow sports sedans, like the Maxima or 3-Series?
UPDATE 10/18/12: Volkswagen has released the price for the CC R-Line. Want to know how much the model costs? Hop on over past the jump and find out.
Check out our complete review by clicking past the jump and find out if this new VW CC R-line is “Born To Move.”
2012 Volkswagen Passat CC
The first thing you’re going to notice on the CC R-Line as you walk up to it is a completely revised and more aggressive bumper. Instead of having the horizontal lower-grille slots, the R-Line has a cross-style lover grille pattern. The lower grille opening itself has the gaping mouth look, as opposed to the CC Sport’s closed-mouth style.
On either side of this open-mouth grille, you also have circular projector fog lights with chrome surrounding each one. In the upper grille, you get the obligatory “R-line” logo on the grille. The front headlights are Bi-Xenon and also feature LED running lights. On its shallowly raked windshield, you get a set of rain-sensing windshield wipers, so if anyone asks “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” you can say “Yes, but only until my wipers automatically clear it off my windshield."
On each corner of the 2013 VW CC R-Line, you get an 18-inch aluminum alloy rim, giving it a very sporty look. With exception to the rims, you can also tell the difference between the CC R-Line and the Sport model by the rolled side skirts attached to the vehicle’s rocker panels.
The backside features some R-Line-specific styling too, the main difference being the shading of the taillights to give them a darker and sleeker appearance. On the backend, you also get a set of LED taillights and even LED license plate lights.
The overall appearance of the R-Line is pretty sharp. Vee-Dub did a good job of making this vehicle look different than the standard CC, while not totally overdoing it like some automakers do. Then again, the CC could use a little overdoing, as it’s a pretty bland-looking car.
There is not too much mention of variances between the Sport trim level CC and the R-Line. One of the key differences is that Volkswagen added in a set of stainless steel “R-Line” scuff panels. There is also a multi-function steering wheel that likely has HVAC and audio controls on it. The seats are covered with V-Tex leatherette.
On the technical side, the interior receives a Climatronic automatic climate control system to keep the cabin at optimal temperature. A huge addition is a Premium VIII Volkswagen audio system that you can jam out to your favorite John Fogerty song on. This Premium VIII system boasts a touch screen, HD Radio capabilities, eight speakers, six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity, and iPod connection.
With exception to these additions, the 2013 Volkswagen CC R-Line has the same interior as the CC Sport.
Engine and Drivetrain
The "big wheels keep on turnin’" on this CC R-Line via a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 200 horsepower. It would have been nice to see the 280-horsepower VR6 V-6 engine in the R-Line, but VW left that for its two highest trim levels.
Pushing the 200 horsepower at 5,100 to 6,000 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 to 5,000 rpm to the front wheels is the same six-speed dual clutch transmission found on the CC Sport Plus. It also features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Volkswagen has officially released the pricing information for the CC R-Line. The base 2.0-liter TSI Sport starts at $31,075. If you’re looking for a model with a six-speed manual transmission, that price hits $33,020. If customers opt for the six-speed DSG transmission, the price bumps to $34,120. Finally, the top-of-the-line 3.6-liter VR6 4Motion Executive model will cost you $42,245.
The first competitor in line against the CC R-Line is the newly redesigned 328i. The first thing that simply screams “something is wrong” is the fact that the BMW starts out right about the same price that we expect the CC R-Line to start out at ($34,900). Think about it BMW or Volkswagen… We would take Bimmer over the VW at that price any day.
The next thing that’s just not right is the fact that the 328i’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder pumps out 240 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 255 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm. That is a whopping 40 horsepower and 48 pound-feet more that the CC R-Line. With both cars weighing in at about 4,000 lbs, we’d put a dollar on the BMW smoking the CC R-Line with ease.
The CC is also a pretty boring looking car, even with its latest redesign. The 328i and its fresh new body perfectly combines luxury with sport. Yeah, we’ll take the Bimmer again. We’ll wait for the finalized CC R-line’s interior before passing judgment, but it has a high hurdle if it expects to contend with the 328i.
The next car in line as a competitor is the Nissan Maxima. The Maxima’s body style is tired and is in need of rejuvenation. We all assume that there is a redesign in the works, but there is no mention of one yet. We’ll call this one a draw on the outside.
Under the hood, the Maxima boasts a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 261 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. Even with that big V-6 and the added power, you are only losing 3 mpg on the highway and the city mpg is 19 on both the SS R-Line and Maxima. When the Maxima finally gets its redesign, don’t be shocked to see a turbocharged four-banger under the hood, pushing out around 260 horsepower.
On the inside, the Maxima is gorgeous and features high-quality workmanship. Again, we cannot compare the CC R-Line’s interior to the Maxima’s yet, as we haven’t seen the VW’s interior. Just like with the BMW, the CC R-line has a high hurdle to jump when competing with the Maxima’s interior.
The 2013 CC R-Line has not put a spell on us yet, as it is grossly underpowered and the styling is kind of boring for its class. Without knowing all of the details on the CC R-line and only going off of what VW has told us, we say to go for the BMW 328i. The BMW seems to be a lot more car for the money.
Unless VW comes out with some more high-end features for the CC R-Line, we just cannot see shelling out around $35K for one.
New aggressive looking bumper
Standard leather interior
Still looks like a boring old CC
Very low power for its class and size
High projected price range
VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS R-LINE VERSION OF CC FOUR-DOOR COUPE IN LEIPZIG
Sportier version of CC to go on sale in the U.S. at the end of 2012
Herndon, VA - Volkswagen will unveil the R-Line version of the CC at the Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig on June 1st. This CC model will be available in the U.S. at the end of 2012 with the 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged TSI® engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
With interior and exterior enhancements, the R-Line upgrades make the CC an even sportier vehicle. Compared with the Sport model, the R-Line gains a more aggressive front bumper design that incorporates a large lower air intake and projector-style foglights with a striking chrome motif. Side skirts and the R-Line logo on the grille further differentiate it from the Sport model, along with shaded taillights and unique and dramatic 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, there are stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates and the multifunction steering wheel for the DSG-equipped model has paddle shifters.
The CC 2.0T R-Line will feature standard Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System; LED taillights; LED license-plate illumination; rain-sensing windshield wipers; Climatronic® automatic climate-control; heated 12-way power front seats; the touchscreen Premium VIII sound system with HD Radio, eight speakers, and a six-disc CD changer; Bluetooth® technology; iPod® connectivity; and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces.
The CC was refreshed for the 2013 Model Year, featuring new front and rear styling and an extended range of standard equipment. The 2013 CC went on sale in March and now has seating for five (previous models seated four). The new CC makes an even bolder move towards the automotive luxury class, offering a sleek, dramatic look at a highly attainable price.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
This press release and images of the CC R-Line are available at media.vw.com.
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