Volkswagen is due to release their next-generation CC sedan somewhere in 2017 and the rumour is that the automaker has will, as hoped, be basing the future car on the Sport Coupe GTE concept that they showed off last year’s Geneva Motor Show.
New photographs and video footage showing a prototype vehicle in camouflage seem to only confirm the direction of Volkswagen’s sporty four-door saloon, featuring a rounded-nose, a swept-back low-roofline design, and 18-inch wheels that instantly denote a more sporty car is indeed the works.
Like the previous CC, which was previously called the Passat CC when it debuted, will also share many components with the mainstream VW sedan. Volkswagen reportedly will be positioning the new CC further into premium territory in terms of both price and quality.
It’s also possible, as Autocar UK speculates, that Volkswagen will elect to omit the CC name altogether and adopt a fresh name to further distance itself from the Passat (B8) upon which it is based.
Because its arrival was heralded somewhat by the Sport Coupe GTE concept, and given Volkswagen’s newfound push into group-wide electrification, the car might be chosen as the one of the vanguards to establish VW as a leader in zero emissions transportation.
The Sport Coupe GTE did not have a fully electric powertrain but rather used a petrol-electric hybrid with a 3.0-litre V6 engine being the primary mode of propulsion. However, given that nearly all models under the Volkswagen Group are downsizing as well as relying more and more on forced-induction engines coupled to electric motors, the more likely scenario is that a EA888 2.0-litre TSI unit will be augmented by a high-output electric motor to provide excellent fuel economy and decent zero emissions range.