2013 Volkswagen Passat CC

Volkswagen first unveiled the Passat CC (known simply as the CC in the USA and South Africa) in 2008 and since then, the company has managed to sell an impressive 270,000 units. Now, for the 2013 model year (2012 in Europe), the CC has received a technically and visually updated version to make it look and perform even better.

Changes for the 2013 model year include a new front and rear styling, and an extended range of standard equipment, including standard Bi-Xenon headlights with an Adaptive Front Lighting System and LED taillights. On the US market, the CC will be offered with a choice of 197 HP and 276 HP engines and with a manual six-speed gearbox. In Europe, the engine line-up will also include diesel versions.

The Volkswagen CC’s official debut will be made in November at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and sales will begin in the Spring of 2012.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Volkswagen CC.

UPDATE 01/17/2012: Fresh off of its unveiling at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show last November 2011, the Volkswagen Passat CC has fresh new photos and videos that VW just released. Check out the pics in the gallery and the videos by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 02/28/2012: Volkswagen has announced prices for the 2013 CC that will go on sale at US dealers this spring. Prices will range from $30,250 for the base 2.0T Sport to $41,420 for the VR6 4Motion Executive version.

Exterior and Interior

Volkswagen Passat CC

For the 2013 model year, the new Volkswagen CC has received new front and rear styling for an even bolder appearance and the list of standard features has been significantly increased. Customers will benefit from new bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights, and a new LED tail light design without having to add any options.

For the interior, Volkswagen will also be adding fatigue detection, an RCD 310 radio-CD system, stainless steel door sill plates, and safety head restraints.

Engine Line-up

Volkswagen Passat CC

On the US market, the new 2013 CC will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines: one with 197 HP and one with 276 HP. Both will be combined with a manual six-speed gearbox.

In Europe, things will be a little bit different. Customers will receive three petrol engines - 158 HP, 207 HP, and 295 HP - and two diesel engines - 138 HP and 167 HP. Diesel engines will be equipped with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode (for recovering braking energy) as standard.

Also, all models will come with optional technologies such as Side Assist Plus with integrated Lane Assist (warns of vehicles in blind spots and assists driver in avoiding an accident by steering intervention), Dynamic Light Assist (automatic main beam control), and a camera-based traffic sign detection system.


Volkswagen Passat CC

On the US market, the new Volkswagen CC will go on sale in the Spring of 2012. Prices will range from $30,250 for the base 2.0T Sport to $41,420 for the VR6 4Motion Executive version.


Volkswagen Passat CC
Acura TL

In developing their new CC, Volkswagen took their inspiration from the Mercedes CLS, but their four-door coupe is far from delivering the same level of performance or luxury as the Mercedes model. It is fair to say that the CC targets models like the Acura TL and the Infiniti G37 .

Compared to the CC, the TL has the advantage of offering more powerful engines: 280 HP and 305 HP versions. However, the CC has the advantage of being cheaper (current model starts from $28,500 while the TL goes up to $35,605). On the other hand, the model that really catches our attention is the G37. With a bolder appearance, it is also the most powerful model: it delivers a total of 328 HP. That being said, it is also the most expensive at $36,200.

Volkswagen Passat CC
  • Better look
  • Great, and longer, list of standard features
  • Cheaper than competition
  • Less powerful than competition
  • Does not deliver the same level of luxury


the power problem can be solved with ECU remapping. and you get the extra HP to get to the same amount the competition has. but what are they gonna do about the looks?

though less poweful, the cc looks better. and it is far cheaper.

compared to the infinity and the acura, the cc is what the cls is compared to the cc. it looks far better than it’s competition.

although inspired by the CLS, the VW CC remained a people’s car. not poor people, but not for the wealthiest either.

i love the lines this car has. and love the fact that it’s a 4 door sport saloon. i just love it.

it looks more mature than the first model. it is a very good car.

one of the nicest cars in it’s class, if you ask me! and at 41.000$ for a 280 HP car, it sure is worth the money.

although inspired by the CLS, it is not as good as the latter. but then again, it costs half the money. and it’s not half the car!

Passat CC now looks better than with Acura TL! It looks classy and sophisticated with its new look than on its previous appearance. I am just wondering if it also had an impressive interior?

276 horsepower? Well, I hope that it could give a nice speed on this Passat CC. Anyway, I must say that I love the looks of it now than to its previous looks, but how about its interior?

Passat really has a better look now than on its previous appearance and its new list of its standard features, which is truly great for it. However, I hope that this time it also had an impressive engine.

I’m so impressed on the improvement of Passat! smiley Well, it is really now looking very awesome than before. However, I wonder if they also did some update on its interior and engine?

Well, I hope that it can also offer an impressive and comfortable interior aside from having a striking engine specification. Furthermore, the exterior is very attractive either.

I’m so glad to hear that it would be cheaper than to its competitor! smiley Anyway, I love the list of its standard features. Those are really so striking and awesome on this Passat!

I love the improvements of this Passat, and they are right that this car is more a good-looking car now than on its previous outlook! However, I’m still disappointed on its engine specification.

If I’m going to compare this Passat CC to its previous appearance, I can say that its current look is more striking than before. Anyway, it is not truly so awesome just like the other coupe car today.

Sad to say, it is less powerful than to its competitor and doesn’t deliver the same level luxury just like on what their other car had, and even on its competitor.

This Passat of Volkswagen is still looking so classy in spite of having only a simple design, but I noticed that it doesn’t deliver the same luxury level just like their other cars.

I thought that Volkswagen didn’t have any plan now to create a new model. Anyway, this one is looks so simple but still classy because on its sleek body paint, and I love the cool wheels of it.

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