German carmaker, Volkswagen introduced the new CC last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it will go on sale at the beginning of February in Germany and Luxembourg, first, then across Europe at the end of February and globally, in America, Russia and Asia in the spring of 2012. The CC will be powered by innovative petrol and diesel direct-injection engines. All of the diesels are equipped with a Stop/Start system and also have a battery regeneration mode as standard equipment. The TDI engines produce 140 PS and 170 PS. The third turbo-diesel is actually a Blue TDI that develops 140 PS. The petrol engines develop 160 PS, 210 PS and 300 PS. The exterior, but also the interior of the model was redesigned offering even more space and so, comfort. Those who drive a lot will especially enjoy the new sport seats with optional active climate control.
The new Volkswagen CC made its debut last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the European market launch of the avant-garde four-door begins with the international driving presentation in Southern France. The new Volkswagen CC will be on the market at the beginning of February, first in Germany and Luxembourg, then across Europe at the end of February. In spring 2012, this Volkswagen will then launch globally, including in America, Russia and Asia.
Retrospective. When the Volkswagen CC made its debut four years ago, it was the world's first four-door coupe in the 30,000 to 40,000 dollar and euro class. From this niche, a new segment quickly grew ? to date, nearly 320,000 people around the globe have chosen the saloon with the stylish lines of a sports car. Private customers enjoy the alternative to the classic saloon as much as business customers who drive a lot of miles who made the Volkswagen CC the new 'business class' soon after it launched in early 2008. In parallel, the Volkswagen's styling also made an excellent impression with the experts: in 2009 alone ? in its first full year on the market ? the Passat CC won the 'iF Product Design Award' (iF Industrie Forum Hannover), the 'red dot Design Award' (Design Centre of Nordrhein Westphalia, Essen) and the Australian 'Design Award' (Australian International Design Awards, Sydney).
Design DNA. Standing still is a step backwards, which is why a team led by Volkswagen chief designer Klaus Bischoff is launching the CC into the future with completely redesigned front and rear sections, to give them more precision and adapt them to Volkswagen 'design DNA'. As a result, the car has an even more sophisticated and dynamic overall appearance.
Everything is on board. The extended range of standard equipment now includes such features as bi-xenon headlights with static cornering lights; a new LED rear lighting design; fatigue detection; RCD 310 radio-CD system; stainless steel door sill plates and front comfort head restraints with additional front-rear adjustment. In Germany, the multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel is also standard. New assistance systems are now available on the Volkswagen CC as well. They include optional technologies such as Dynamic Light Assist (automatic main beam control) and a camera-based traffic sign detection system. Also available, for the first time on a Volkswagen, is Side Assist Plus including Lane Assist, which warns of vehicles in blind spots and supports the driver via steering intervention. Meanwhile, the optional climate seat with integrated massage function optimises comfort.
Six engines. The CC will be powered by innovative petrol and diesel direct-injection engines. All of the diesels (TDI) are equipped with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode (which recovers braking energy) as standard equipment. All petrol engines also have battery regeneration functionality. The TDI engines have outputs of 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. The third turbodiesel to be offered in the Volkswagen CC is a BlueTDI which also has an output of 103 kW / 140 PS, and which is one of the few engines in the world that already meets the Euro-6 emissions standard that does not take effect until autumn 2014. The petrol engines of the European CC versions develop an impressive 118 kW / 160 PS, 155 kW / 210 PS and 220 kW / 300 PS of power.
DSG, 4MOTION, free-wheeling. All engines up to 210 PS may be paired with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as an option. In conjunction with the 103 kW TDI (manual gearbox version) and the 125 kW TDI (DSG version), the Volkswagen CC will also be offered with the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive at a later time; the six-cylinder version (300 PS) will be delivered with DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard equipment. The TDI engines with DSG also have a free-wheeling function, which decouples the engine as soon as the driver's foot leaves the accelerator pedal. All of the engines are designed to maximise efficiency. The 140 PS TDI is a prime example: in the standard version with a manual 6-speed gearbox, it consumes just 4.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 125 g/km CO2) ? which is very little fuel for a long-range saloon that can travel at 214 km/h.
Volkswagen CC - New exterior and interior
The first version of the Volkswagen CC made its debut four years ago. The exclusive four-door coupe concept was popular right from the start. Private customers enjoy the new alternative to the classic saloon as much as business customers who drive many kilometres who made the CC the new 'business class' soon after it launched in early 2008. The Volkswagen's styling also made an excellent impression with the experts: in 2009 alone ? in its first full year on the market ? the Passat CC won the 'iF Product Design Award' (iF Industrie Forum Hannover), the 'red dot Design Award' (Design Centre of Nordrhein Westphalia, Essen) and the Australian 'Design Award' (Australian International Design Awards, Sydney).
The new exterior styling ? a plus in precision
Standing still is a step backwards, which is why a team led by Volkswagen chief designer Klaus Bischoff is launching the CC into the future with completely redesigned front and rear sections, to give them more precision and adapt them to Volkswagen 'design DNA'. As a result, the car has an even more sophisticated and more dynamic overall appearance.
Two new alloy wheels ('Kent' in 17-inch, 'Lakeville' in 18-inch) and three new colours ('Black Oak Brown' and starting in May the metallic paint 'Fortana Red' and the premium paint 'Oryx White') complete the exterior modifications. The eleven colours of the new Volkswagen CC are:
Front end styling. The colour being used for the car's market launch in Europe is 'Black Oak Brown', since the dark colour makes the modifications to the front end especially prominent. Quite noticeable at the front are the new chrome radiator grille design with three cross-fins, the newly designed and standard bi-xenon headlights with static cornering lights and the redesigned bonnet. When the Volkswagen CC is ordered with optional dynamic cornering lights, 15 LEDs mounted in each headlight housing serve as daytime running lights.
Compared to the previous model, the entire area defined by the new front bumper, headlights and radiator grille exhibits cleaner lines that match Volkswagen 'design DNA' styling 1:1. This DNA is marked by such characteristics as an emphasis on horizontal lines and a concise harmony of the headlights and radiator grille. The latter is no longer designed as a separate V framed by elements in body colour; rather it joins with the headlights to form a visually continuous, charismatic band. As on the US Passat and the Phaeton, the new Volkswagen CC also has an extra air intake beneath the body-coloured bumper. 'Winglets' are integrated on the sides of this intake with the fog lights.
Despite its independent design, the front end makes a clear statement that the Volkswagen CC belongs to a global brand. Consider the radiator grille: with its three chrome fins it bears a stylistic resemblance to the US Passat (produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee) and the Phaeton (produced at 'Gl?serne Manufaktur' ? the Transparent Factory ? in Dresden). Like the previous model, the new CC is also produced at Volkswagen's plant at Emden in Northern Germany; this state-of-the-art factory has direct access to an overseas port from which the four-door coupe can be shipped to all regions of the world within days.
Side profile. Although the frameless doors of the CC were not modified, the car's side profile shows a new look. Several factors are at work here: in front, the more powerful design of the bonnet ? in interplay with the new bumper design ? sharpens the car's side profile. Meanwhile, the much more distinctively sculpted side sills between the wheel housings stand out; they make a visual connection between the front and rear bumpers and sharpen the lower contour of the car's silhouette. At the rear, the bumper now shows greater volume and styling clarity; this generates a very special dynamic together with the coupe-like styling of the C-pillars and the very long swept-back rear window.
Styling at the rear. Just as at the front, designers also completely redesigned the bumper at the rear of the car. This involved modifying the wrap-around chrome strip that is typical of the Volkswagen CC and the Volkswagen logo, which once again serves as the handle for opening the bootlid. In models with Rear Assist, a rearview camera is integrated in the logo. The entire rear section now shows more straight-line surfaces and a greater emphasis of horizontal lines. Also fitting with this image is the new styling of the rear lights; at their lower ends, the lights now finish with a horizontal sweep. In contrast to the previous model, the new rear lights have LED lighting elements that are faster to respond and offer improved economy and long life. The distinctive look of these lights makes the CC unmistakable from the rear, even at night. Also illuminated with LEDs are the number plate and the direction indicators integrated in the door mirror housings.
Tailpipe configuration. Even without a model badge at the rear, the specific engine and drive type can be 'read' from the configuration of the tailpipes. In Europe, power levels up to 155 kW / 210 PS can be recognised by dual tailpipes on the left side. When it is the 125 kW engine that transfers its power to the road via 4MOTION all-wheel drive, there is one (non-chrome) tailpipe on the left and one on the right. If these two tailpipes, one on the left and one on the right, are chrome-plated, this indicates that the car has the top engine: a six-cylinder engine (220 kW / 300 PS) with standard all-wheel drive.
Dimensions. The Volkswagen CC is 4,802 mm long; its wheelbase is 2,711 mm. With a width of 1,855 mm (without mirrors), the CC's competitors are upper mid-class vehicles, based on its dimensions. The height of the four-door coupe is a low sports car like 1,417 mm.
New interior ? more sophisticated and comfortable
Lots of space. In parallel to the exterior, the comfortable yet sporty interior of the Volkswagen CC was also redesigned. As a four-seater, the new model also offers exclusive individual seats in the rear as standard (depending on the market). In front, the car always comes with ergonomic sport seats designed for long trips. In the rear, a continuous bench seat (three seats) is available as an option. The distance between what is known as the H-point (vertex of backrest/seat surface) of the front seats and that of the rear seats is 847 mm. A practical consequence of this value is ample legroom for rear passengers. There is also plenty of elbow room: the CC is 1,461 mm wide in front and 1,497 mm in the rear of the four-seater (five-seater 1,496 mm). The interior height is significantly larger than the exterior styling might suggest: in front the height is 949 mm (955 mm with panoramic sunroof), and in the rear it is 930 mm (922 mm in the 5-seat version).
High level of travel comfort. Those who drive a lot will especially enjoy the new sport seats (front) with optional active climate control; in this case, the driver's seat is equipped with a massage function. When seat climate control is activated, several fans pump cooling air through small channels in the foam seat cushion and the selected seat cover ('Function' fabric or 'Nappa' leather). The driver and front passenger can control this ventilation over three levels using a switch on the outer seat upholstery. The sport seats can be ordered with either manual seat adjustment or an electric 12-way system. Always standard are new front head restraints with what is known as X-adjustment. This means these head restraints are not only height-adjustable; they can be pulled forward as well.
New controls and display elements. The interior itself has a character that is as dynamic as it is elegant. The dashboard was already modified in the past year: where the first generation CC integrated two storage compartments above the centre console, there is now an analogue clock in the style of that in the Phaeton. Also new is the Climatronic control panel. As an alternative to the standard 'Black' colour, the dashboard can now be ordered in 'Natural Brown' with a colour coordinated two-tone leather interior in the sophisticated colour combination 'St. Tropez' (light coloured seating surfaces) / 'Natural Brown' (dark lateral seat supports). Also new to the interior are the optional 'Titan Silver' metallic decor (aluminium look) as well as 'Ebony' wood decor and accents in 'Brushed Aluminium, Dark'.
Overview of all 3 dashboard versions
Overview of all four decors:
Overview of all 11 seat upholstery types:
Extended ambience pack. The interior of the Volkswagen CC has an especially elegant look at night with the optional ambience pack. Lighting strips are integrated into the fine wood or metallic accents in the doors. Its brightness can be continuously varied by the interior lighting control. The intensity of footwell illumination can be adjusted independently via the menu of the multifunction display. The indirect ambience lighting produces a very pleasant atmosphere; subjectively, the interior is perceived as even larger. As mentioned, this illumination is offered as the ambience pack in conjunction with selected decor accents and illuminated interior door handles.
Volkswagen CC - New systems and technologies
The Volkswagen CC is advancing to become an independent model series, positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton. The long-range saloon has been consistently perfected. Redesigned, front and rear, its styling crosses over even more to the automotive luxury class. This is also clearly true of its significantly enhanced standard features that include bi-xenon headlights, LED rear lights and fatigue detection. In addition, new optional assistance systems are making their way into the Volkswagen CC. They include technologies such as camera-based traffic sign detection, Dynamic Light Assist and Side Assist Plus including Lane Assist, which is a first for Volkswagen. This warns of vehicles in the blind spot and supports the driver via steering intervention to avoid an accident if necessary. Long-range travel comfort has been perfected as well, as you can read about below.
Acoustics ? even better soundproofing
Especially noticeable is the progress made in noise reduction compared to the first CC series and the competition. Volkswagen achieved noise reductions of several dB by implementing numerous individual measures in the body design area and in the windscreen glass structure. Specifically, acoustics was optimised by adding sound-absorbing materials in the front, side and rear areas. Engineers have further improved soundproofing by adding highly effective underbody trim, wheel well shells made of a material perfected for noise damping and improved gearbox mounts. Additional insulating materials are also used in the dashboard. Last but not least, the windscreen is equipped with an additional acoustic film layer as standard. The front side windows may also be ordered with this acoustic film as an option. Starting at the end of May, the windscreen may be ordered as a new climate-comfort window, which is also being offered as an option; it integrates a heatable infrared (IR) coating.
Climate comfort window. The structure of this climate-comfort window is very interesting. As already mentioned, an IR coating is used to reflect the infrared component of the sunlight. The climate-comfort window consists of a total of six layers and is about 4 mm thick. It is made of outer clear glass (1.6 mm) followed by a first safety film (made of Polyvinylbutyral, or PVB, 0.33 mm thick), then a PVB acoustic film (0.1 mm), another PVB safety film (0.33 mm), and finally the IR coating and inner clear glass layer (1.6 mm). The highlight is that the silver layers of the IR coating reflect infrared light, thereby reducing heat build-up in the interior. The silver layer is electrically conductive as well, so it also functions as a windscreen heating element which makes the usual heating wires unnecessary.
Acoustic side windows. The front side windows may be ordered with additional acoustic film layers as an option. These windows have the following structure: outer glass (2.6 mm), PVB safety film (0.3 mm), PVB acoustic film (0.1 mm), PVB safety film (0.3 mm) and inner glass (2.6 mm). This nearly 6 mm thick laminated window not only reduces interior noise levels by 2 to 4 dB; it also offers additional protection against vandalism and theft of objects from the car, since the safety glass does not simply break into small pieces, because the film layers hold it together. Customers who order their Volkswagen CC with side windows of noise-dampening laminated safety glass automatically get to enjoy an additional acoustic pack as well, which includes additional insulation matting in the doors.
Assistance systems ? greater safety and comfort
Over the past decade, a revolution has been taking place in the areas of passive and active safety. New methods for computing body structures, effective restraint systems and active technologies such as the ESP electronic stabilisation programme and countersteering support have resulted in increasingly safer cars. Electronic assistance systems are often able to improve occupant protection within the car as well as the protection of others in traffic. The following assistance systems are new to the Volkswagen CC:
Fatigue detection. This system, which is standard, detects waning driver concentration and warns the driver with an acoustic signal lasting five seconds; a visual message also appears in the instrument cluster recommending that the driver take a break from driving. If the driver does not take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning is repeated once. Right at the beginning of each car trip, the system analyses the driver's characteristic steering behaviour. The fatigue detection system then continually evaluates signals such as steering angle. If monitored parameters indicate a deviation from the steering behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then visual and acoustic warnings are produced. Independent of this monitoring, whenever the system is activated it recommends a driving break to the driver after four hours of continuous driving.
Side Assist Plus including Lane Assist. The CC is the first Volkswagen to offer the combination of Side Assist (lane-changing assistant) and Lane Assist (lane-keeping assistant). Compared to the individual systems ? which can also be ordered separately ? the combination of Side Assist and Lane Assist represents a functional extension and offers a significant gain in safety, due to its reliable and urgent warning if a specific hazard is detected.
Here is how the two assistance systems operate as separate systems: Side Assist makes the driver aware of vehicles located in the blind spot next to the Volkswagen CC or vehicles approaching from the rear by flashing LEDs in the door mirrors. Side Assist operates with radar sensors. Meanwhile, Lane Assist accesses signals from a camera; as soon as it becomes evident that the driver is leaving the driving lane or is driving over the lane markings without setting the direction indicator, Lane Assist countersteers.
Here is how the new systems operate together: Side Assist Plus including Lane Assist merges the two assistance systems. If another vehicle is located in a spot that is not visible to the driver during a lane change, the dual assistance system pack warns the CC driver via a flashing signal of the LEDs in the right or left door mirrors as well as via a steering wheel vibration, and it simultaneously assists the driver with a corrective steering intervention. These steps are taken regardless of whether or not a direction indicator is set. The combination of these two systems can make an even more effective contribution towards avoiding collisions with other vehicles in the blind spot. However, the driver still assumes responsibility for the entire process.
Traffic sign detection. This system, initially introduced in the Phaeton, is being offered for more and more Volkswagen models. The optional traffic sign detection system is always offered in combination with either the RNS 315 or RNS 510 radio-navigation system in conjunction with camera-based systems such as Lane Assist and/or Dynamic Light Assist.
When the system detects speed limit signs and no-passing zones via camera (mounted on the windscreen near the rearview mirror), up to three of these signs are shown on the instrument cluster display in front of the driver as well as in the navigation system display. The screen output shows all additional signage text (e.g. '10 pm ? 6 am' or 'When wet'), and it is presented in a logical order. The immediately relevant traffic sign (e.g. '130' km/h) is always shown in the first position, while signs that are only conditionally valid (e.g. '80' km/h 'when wet') are shown in a secondary position. Another highlight is that if the rain sensor detects that it has started to rain, the now relevant traffic sign with the added text 'when wet' is shifted to first position. The system also acquires no-passing signs and municipality entrance and exit signs, and it calls the driver's attention to country-specific maximum allowable speeds in cities. If the Volkswagen CC is used as a towing vehicle with a trailer, this can also be configured in the system.
Dynamic main beam control: Dynamic Light Assist. The optional Dynamic Light Assist makes manual headlight switching between dipped and main beam a thing of the past for drivers of the Volkswagen CC. At speeds over 65 km/h, the main beam is automatically activated, and it remains permanently active. Here is how it works: in conjunction with the camera integrated behind the front windscreen, the main beam light modules of the optional top version of the bi-xenon headlights (includes LED daytime running lights and AFS) are individually dipped only in those areas in which the system has analysed potential glare to other vehicles in traffic. A masking aperture between the reflector with the mercury-free DS3 xenon filament and the lens makes this function possible. Along with lateral swivelling of the entire module (via the dynamic cornering light function) and independent control of the left and right headlights, this additional aperture geometry is able to mask the light source. This prevents light glare to oncoming traffic or vehicles driving ahead.
Main beam control: Light Assist. For models whose standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights (but not LED daytime running lights or dynamic cornering lights), a basic version of automatic main beam control is available: Light Assist. This main beam assistant is also a camera-based system that analyses the light sources actually occurring in traffic and - based on its knowledge of a wide variety of traffic situations - it outputs a dipped beam or main beam command. The main beam is automatically activated or deactivated from speeds of 60 km/h; this system also offers considerable convenience and safety benefits.
Park Assist, Generation II: In contrast to first generation systems, which only supported parking parallel to the carriageway, the latest parking assistant also assists in perpendicular parking ? i.e. at right angles to the driving lane. The system is activated at speeds up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. The driver indicates the side of the street for parking by activating the direction indicator for that side. As soon as Park Assist detects a sufficiently large parking space ? utilising its ultrasonic sensors ? assisted parking can begin: the driver engages reverse gear and then only needs to accelerate and brake. The car handles the steering. The driver is assisted by acoustic and visual cues on the multifunction display.
While parking, Park Assist reduces vehicle speed to 7 km/h. For the first time, this system can also actively brake the car if a collision is about to occur. Nonetheless, the driver remains responsible for braking, since the new braking function of Park Assist cannot prevent damage in all cases.
OPS offers a bird's eye view. In addition, a 360? Optical Parking System (OPS) simplifies manoeuvring. OPS shows the vehicle in the colour display of the relevant radio and radio-navigation systems in a bird's eye perspective. Yellow and red signals on the display make it easier for the driver to recognise whether the Volkswagen CC is maintaining sufficient distance to obstacles at the front and rear. An acoustic warning is produced at the same time.
Detailed solutions ? new technologies simplify everyday driving
Along with the large innovations, there are always many 'small' solutions that as a whole make up the progress in a model changeover. In the new Volkswagen CC, there is a whole series of detailed solutions for the model series, which simultaneously optimise convenience or safety, or both simultaneously, simplifying everyday automotive life:
Easy Open. If the new Volkswagen CC is equipped with Keyless Access (automatic locking and starting system), a specific foot motion behind the vehicle is all it takes to open access to the boot. The human-machine interface here is a proximity sensor in the bumper area, which recognises a kick-like leg motion. Of course, the boot only opens for someone carrying the proper remote key for the CC.
Swivelling towbar. Another innovation in the Volkswagen CC is its swivelling towbar. It is electrically unlatched by pressing a button integrated in the right inner side trim of the boot. This causes the towbar to move out from its rest position, and then it is easy to swing it into its operating position with a press of the foot.
Remote unlatching of the rear backrest. No less practical is the new remote unlatching of the rear backrest. Levers located under the rear shelf make it easy to unlatch the left and/or right section of the 1/3 to 2/3 split backrest; the backrest sections then slowly fold forward.
Comfort-optimised head restraints with horizontal adjustment. From now on, the front head restraints are not only height-adjustable; they can be adjusted horizontally as well ? as a standard feature. In this new design, the outer part of the head restraint can be pulled forward.
XDS transverse differential lock. The XDS electronic transverse differential lock improves traction in curves. It is supplied as standard in the 2.0 TDI (125 kW), 2.0 TSI (155 kW) and 3.6 FSI (220 kW). XDS is available as an option for all other engine versions. Technically, XDS is a functional extension of the electronic differential lock (EDS) that is integrated in the ESP system. As soon as the electronics detect that the driven front wheel on the inside of the curve unloads too much in fast driving, the ESP hydraulics builds up brake pressure specifically at this wheel to restore optimal traction. In this way, XDS acts as a transverse differential lock that compensates for understeering in fast driving through curves. XDS makes driving behaviour noticeably more precise and neutral, and the car's handling feels more like that of a vehicle with all-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive. As a result, XDS improves driving stability and driving fun, because it reduces understeering.
New standard and optional features
Range of features is like that of the luxury class:
Standard Volkswagen CC equipment has always included such features as dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels with mobility tyres, various cupholders, sport seats, chrome surrounds on switches and air vents, air conditioning, sport chassis, 'Auto-hold' function, hill start assistant, automatic control of running lights with 'Leaving home' and 'Coming home' functions, automatic bootlid opening from the interior, DCC dynamic chassis control (from 125 kW / 170 PS) and, of course, the ESP electronic stabilisation programme and six airbags. This range of features has now been considerably extended in the new model and attains luxury class levels:
More comfort, more safety, more fun. Standard exterior features that were added include bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights, headlight washing system, LED rear lights, LED licence plate illumination and more prominent side sill flares.
New interior features that are now standard on all models include: fatigue detection system, RCD 310 radio-CD system, front head restraints with longitudinal 'X adjustment' in the style of those on the Touareg, stainless steel door sill plates and (in Germany) a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel. As an option, the driver can now see ? in the multifunction display of the instrument cluster ? which rear seat occupants are buckled up, without having to look back. This optional feature is called the seat belt status indicator, and it offers a clear safety benefit, especially when driving with children on board.
For even better dynamic performance and comfort in fast curves there is the XDS transverse differential lock (standard from 125 kW). No less innovative, and now standard on all TDI models with DSG, is a fuel-saving free-wheeling mode; it decouples the engine from the transmission during coasting phases, improving fuel economy.
Optional features on the luxury class level.
The car's exceptional optional features include the lane-changing assistant Side Assist Plus that integrates the Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant and is being introduced for the first time in a Volkswagen; the combination of these two systems represents a significant functional extension and a gain in safety.
Also new in the Volkswagen CC: the sensor-controlled Easy Open system which opens the bootlid in response to a foot movement behind the vehicle (in conjunction with Keyless Access), Dynamic Light Assist (dynamic main beam control), the 360? Optical Parking System (OPS) as a component of Park Assist 2.0, active climate seats (front) with massage function, the windscreen (climate comfort window) that is heated without wires and reflects infrared light, noise-insulating side windows made of laminated safety glass, the new control panel for the automatic climate control system (Climatronic) and an extension of the ambience pack. Those wanting to tow a boat or horse trailer will enjoy the electrically deploying towbar that is now available.
Systems transferred from the previous model to the new model include ACC (adaptive cruise control with Front Assist surroundings monitoring system and City Emergency Braking) and DCC (dynamic chassis control, standard from 125 kW). Other options available in the new Volkswagen CC include a transparent panoramic vent sunroof, two radio-navigation systems (optionally with integrated camera-based traffic sign detection), two sound systems (including the 'Dynaudio Confidence' with 600 Watts), hands-free telephone units, multimedia interface (MEDIA-IN), garage door opener integrated in the sun visor, ambience lighting in the door accent panels, tyre pressure monitoring system (with indicators for each individual wheel), auxiliary heating system and leather/Alcantara upholstery as well as 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels. The wheels that will be offered at the car's market launch in Europe (not all markets) are as follows:
A pleasant climate. Customers who choose the automatic climate control system (Climatronic) will immediately enjoy the benefits of the humidity sensor; this sensor ? located inside the car near the rear-view mirror ? measures air humidity and regulates the Climatronic system to prevent window condensation and maintain the relative humidity in the passenger compartment at a pleasant level. Another benefit: fuel consumption and emissions are reduced, since the humidity sensor enables operation of the air conditioning compressor on an as-needed basis. CO2 emissions are reduced by 1.1 g/km ? that might not seem like much by itself, but it becomes significant together with numerous other fuel-saving measures.
Engines, transmissions and all-wheel drive
Sporty and exceedingly efficient:
The Volkswagen CC will be powered by innovative petrol and diesel direct-injection engines; all of the diesels (TDI) are equipped with a Stop/Start system and a battery regeneration mode (which recovers braking energy) as standard equipment. All petrol engines also have battery regeneration functionality. The TDI engines output 103 kW / 140 PS (TDI and BlueTDI) and 125 kW / 170 PS. The petrol engines of European versions of the Volkswagen CC develop an impressive 118 kW / 160 PS, 155 kW / 210 PS and 220 kW / 300 PS of power. All engines up to 210 PS may be combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as an option. The European six-cylinder version (300 PS) is delivered with DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Over the course of the year, all-wheel drive versions will also follow with the 140 PS and 170 PS TDI engines.
All engines provide excellent efficiency: the 140 PS TDI offered in Europe, for example, when paired with a standard six-speed gearbox consumes just 4.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 125 g/km CO2); with DSG fuel consumption is 5.3 l/100 km. Volkswagen is also offering on the CC one of the first engines in the world to already satisfy the Euro-6 emissions standard that does not take effect until Autumn 2014: the BlueTDI which also produces 103 kW / 140 PS.
Overview of the three petrol engines of the Volkswagen CC.
1.8 TSI with 160 PS. In Europe, entry into the world of the petrol-powered Volkswagen CC is offered by a TSI unit which at 5,000 rpm outputs a power of precisely 118 kW / 160 PS. The four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine is exceptionally fuel-efficient (combined fuel consumption: 7.1 l/100 km / equivalent to 165 g/km CO2) and strong in torque output (maximum of 250 newton metres between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm). With this engine, the Volkswagen CC reaches 100 km/h in just 8.5 seconds; its top speed is 223 km/h. This TSI has a standard manual 6-speed gearbox; it may be paired with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as an option. The DSG only increases fuel consumption by 0.1 litres per 100 km ? a sensationally small amount considering that this is an automatic transmission. It offers identical driving performance.
2.0 TSI with 210 PS. At the next power level up, the Volkswagen CC is powered by a TSI with 155 kW / 210 PS (from 5,300 rpm). It too has a turbocharger and also shines with very good torque and fuel consumption values. This four cylinder engine, which can deliver a hefty 280 newton metres of torque (1,700 to 5,200 rpm), consumes just 7.3 litres of fuel per 100 km (equivalent to 171 g/km CO2), yet it can propel the car to a top speed of 242 km/h. With this engine, the Volkswagen CC completes the sprint to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. As an alternative to the standard manual 6-speed gearbox, a 6-speed DSG is available with this engine. In this case, the Volkswagen CC can accelerate to 240 km/h; its combined fuel consumption with DSG is 7.8 l/ 100 km (182 g/km CO2).
3.6 V6 with 300 PS. The most powerful petrol engine for the Volkswagen CC is a 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine with 220 kW / 300 PS (at 6,600 rpm). It develops a maximum torque of 350 newton metres (2,400 to 5,300 rpm) and accelerates the four-door coupe to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. Its combined fuel consumption is 9.3 l/100 km (215 g/km CO2), and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The Volkswagen CC V6 4MOTION is offered with permanent all-wheel drive. This top model has a 6-speed DSG gearbox.
Overview of the three diesel engines of the Volkswagen CC.
2.0 TDI with 140 PS and 170 PS. The common rail diesels of the Volkswagen CC output 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. While the 'small' TDI already develops a maximum torque of 320 newton metres from 1,750 rpm, the value for the 'large' TDI is a strong 350 newton metres (from 1,750 rpm). In the 140 PS version, the Volkswagen CC accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and attains a top speed of 214 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is just 4.7 l/100 km (125 g/km CO2). With 170 PS, the Volkswagen CC can move at 227 km/h. In this case, the 'comfort coupe' covers the classic sprint to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Its low combined fuel consumption value is just 4.9 l/100 km (equivalent to 129 g/km CO2).
As an option, the TDIs may be ordered with a 6-speed DSG. In both cases, fuel consumption is increased by 0.6 l/100 km. However, its values of 5.3 l/100 km (140 PS) and 5.5 l/100 km (170 PS) are still very low. As described in the introduction, all TDI models are equipped with Stop/Start system and battery regeneration as standard. At a later time, the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive system will be offered in the Volkswagen CC in conjunction with the 103 kW TDI (manual gearbox version) and the 125 kW TDI (DSG version).
2.0 BlueTDI with 103 kW / 140 PS. Based on the same technology as the 'normal' TDI is the 103 kW / 140 PS BlueTDI, which already meets the Euro-6 emissions standard that does not take effect until Autumn 2014. To further reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, the Volkswagen CC BlueTDI is equipped with a SCR catalytic converter. The SCR catalytic converter? in conjunction with the additive AdBlue ? selectively converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the exhaust stream into nitrogen and water. However, an oxidation catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter are also on board to reduce the entire range of emissions.
The 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 1,968 cc displacement develops its maximum power at 4,200 rpm. A maximum torque of 320 newton metres is already available from 1,750 rpm (up to 2,500 rpm). With these key performance data, the turbo engine accelerates the Volkswagen to 100 km/h in just 9.9 seconds); its top speed is 214 km/h (6-speed DSG: 212 km/h). Combined fuel consumption and CO2 values: 4.9 l/100 km and 127 g/km (manual gearbox) and 5.4 l/100 km and 142 g/km (DSG).
6- and 7-speed DSG. All engines of the new Volkswagen CC can be paired with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG); in the V6 version, DSG is even included as standard equipment. Either a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG is used, depending on the engine's maximum torque. Both DSG versions are characterised by maximum economy and dynamic shifting. Besides differing in the number of forward gears, the two DSG units also differ technically in the types of clutches used. While two dry clutches operate in the seven-speed DSG, the dual clutches of the six-speed DSG operate wet in an oil bath. More than any other automatic, the dual clutch gearbox also has the potential to reduce fuel consumption and, in turn, emissions. Compared to an automatic with torque-converter clutch, this advantage may amount to up to 20 per cent depending on the specific engine.
4MOTION all-wheel drive. The Volkswagen CC V6 is delivered with 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive as standard. Normally, the front axle is driven here too; the rear axle only gets 10 per cent of propulsive power. This saves on fuel. Not until necessary ? based on the specific powertrain and roadway situation ? is the rear axle brought into play, step by step. This is done by an electrohydraulic all-wheel drive clutch. An advantage of electronic control is no speed differences are needed between the front and rear axles to activate the all-wheel drive clutch, since pressure is built up by an electric pump.
Running gear layout
There are very few comfortable long-range vehicles that also offer a high level of sporty performance. The new Volkswagen CC is one of those vehicles that excel at allying dynamic performance with comfort. The four-link rear suspension, which is acoustically decoupled from the body by a subframe, the MacPherson-type front suspension that is designed with aluminium components, and the electromechanical servo steering all help to ensure that comfort and performance come together. The DCC adaptive chassis control, which is standard from the 125 kW engine, helps further. The running gear technology is enhanced by the standard ESP and trailer stabilisation. Trailer stabilisation offers functionality that goes beyond familiar ESP functions; it contributes to early detection of trailer swaying and eliminates it by specific interventions of the braking system and engine. Driving characteristics have also been enhanced by the XDS transverse differential lock that is new in the Volkswagen CC (standard for versions with 125 kW, 155 kW and 220 kW). It significantly improves traction, especially in tight curves.
MacPherson front suspension. The front running gear of the Volkswagen CC is based on the MacPherson principle with lower A-arms and struts. This running gear is extremely lightweight and so it offers numerous benefits. In addition, the axle is built to be very lightweight. In the very rigid and crash-optimised chassis subframe alone, 3.5 kg of weight was pared compared to a conventional steel plate design. Also very light in weight are the forged aluminium transverse links (only V6). Here, the weight advantage compared to steel plate is a total of 1.5 kg.
Lightweight construction methods are especially beneficial when they are applied to unsprung masses. That is why, along with the transverse links, the pivot bearings are also made of aluminium. The total weight advantage here compared to steel plate is 3.2 kg. In total, the various lightweight construction methods applied to the front running gear yield a weight advantage of 13.3 kg. The results: greater comfort, more dynamic performance and better fuel economy.
Four-link rear suspension. The four-link rear suspension of the Volkswagen CC is also very lightweight and offers a maximum of driving comfort and driving stability. The special layout of the links enables separate tuning of longitudinal and transverse dynamics. This functional separation guarantees optimal dynamic performance and vehicle safety on the one hand, while offering very impressive ride comfort on the other.
The rear running gear consists of an isolated subframe, to which the upright is joined in an upward transverse direction - via the spring suspension arm, track rod and transverse link. Longitudinal links handle wheel location in the longitudinal direction. At the rear axle, weight-optimised tube stabilisers are also used. A key aspect contributing to the excellent comfort of the Volkswagen CC is the fact that the rear suspension is isolated by subframes. This isolation is achieved with four rubber-metal mounts. The rubber mixture of the mounts was selected to ideally fulfil special dynamic requirements during driving. The results: subframe isolation improves both acoustics and ride comfort, bringing the CC to the level of the luxury class.
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