Volkswagen has redesigned its stylish four door ‘coupe’ for the 2013 model year. And by ‘redesigned’, it’s strictly cosmetic-mechanically, the cars are carryover. Which is not a bad thing. Passat CC buyers can again choose from a 2.oL turbocharged four rated at 200hp mated to either a six speed manual or dual-clutch DSG, or a 3.6L VR6 rated at 280hp with a six-speed automatic and the option of front or all-wheel drive. I reviewed the 2010 Passat CC, and two years later I still believe it is the finest mid-size sedan Volkswagen has ever crafted. The 2013 Passat CC hits the showroom floor this Spring, and you can be sure The Garage will be eager to review the latest CC. For now, we’ve broken down models and pricing for the Passat CC.
2.oT Sport: $30,250USD
VW notes the base Passat CC is available by order only, so in other words, the least expensive CC will not be sitting on dealer lots. The Sport is also the only model available with a manual transmission. Standard equipment includes 17″ alloys, bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, heated power front seats, auto climate control and an eight speaker HD radio.
2.0T Sport Plus: $32,850
The least expensive Passat CC you will actually see on a dealer’s lot. Additional standard features include 18″ alloys and navigation.
2.oT Lux: $35,355
The top-spec four cylinder CC adds brushed aluminum trim, power sunroof and ambient lighting.
VR6 Lux: $37,730
We’ve now graduated to the the six cylinder Passat CC. The DSG is replaced by a conventional six-speed automatic. Additional features on the VR6 Lux include heated headlight washers, a rearview camera, and leather seating.
VR6 4Motion Executive: $41,420
The top of the food chain for the Passat CC, and VW’s flagship sedan in North America. Building up from the VR6 Lux, you now get all-wheel drive, paddle shifters, driver’s seat massage, Park Distance Control, premium Dynaudio sound, and a power rear sunshade.
I’ll admit, there are plenty of people out there who get a bit antsy at the notion of a $40,000 VW. But as far as swanky German four door coupes are concerned, the Passat CC is the steal of the century once you compare it to the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Be sure to watch this space as we await a review of the new Passat CC.