Volkswagen Passat CC launches in Detroit
As Dubai celebrates Bush Day by announcing a public holiday during George W’s visit here, the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in America is in full swing, and one of the first launches include the weird 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC, a so-called “coupe” that still looks like a damn four-door sedan.
Inspired by the much-cooler Mercedes-Benz CLS, the CC simply is a reskinned Passat, thereby riding on the same crappy front-driven Passat platform and utilising the same VW engines, topping the range with a 300 hp 3.6-litre V6, while the lowest engine is reported as basic as the 115 hp 2.0-litre inline-4. All-wheel-drive will probably be available in the top versions. Probably optional, there will be three selectable chassis control systems, namely Sport, Normal and Comfort. In addition to a host of electronic gizmos, Volkswagen will begin offering its own version of the Lexus LS Park Assist feature on the CC.
A good-looking car for sure, but with the expected jump up in price above the already-overpriced Passat, and with a non-sporting platform to boot, we expect it to die out in a few years, if not carrying on with a handful of sales like the Phaeton.