DETROIT SHOW: Volkswagen unveils Passat 'coupe'
Right hand drive versions of the Volkswagen Passat CC, which made its world debut in Detroit, will go on sale in the UK and other RHD market from mid-year. US sales begin in the fourth quarter.
The four door coupe, built at VW's Emden plant, is a new concept for the company marking a fresh styling direction and the introduction of pioneering safety, comfort and dynamic technologies.
It features four doors and four individual seats, plus a large boot while new safety and convenience technologies include lane assist and park assist.
Lane assist is a safety system designed to guide the vehicle automatically should it sense that the car is drifting out of the desired lane on a motorway.
The system is switched off as soon as the indicators are engaged; the driver can override the system at any time.
Park assist, also available on both the Tiguan and Touran models, allows the vehicle to guide itself into a parallel parking space with the help of sensors placed around the vehicle.
The Passat CC will be available in the UK with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, a 1.8-litre TSI linked to a six-speed manual or new seven-speed DSG gearbox; a 2.0-litre TSI and a 3.6-litre V6 FSI with 4Motion four-wheel drive and DSG gearbox as standard.
Two new common rail diesel engines will also be offered in 140 PS and 170 PS guises linked to either six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes.
The Passat CC will come standard in the US with the 2.0 TSI engine with 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic transmission. Available optionally is the 3.6L FSI, rated at 280 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque whcih comes with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission.