Volkswagen's new premium sedan is testing without camouflage after its Detroit reveal.

In a sight that Volkswagen no doubt hopes will soon be a common one, the new Passat CC has been spotted frolicking in the snow sans camouflage, just days after its world introduction in Detroit.

The new premium sedan's "coupe-sedan" styling has sparked obvious comparisons to the Mercedes CLS.  It's unlikely that the Passat CC will go head-to-head with the Mercedes, however.  Underpinnings are shared with the standard Passat, but VW says the luxurious four-passenger interior and sporty driving dynamics will provide a wholly different driving experience.  A three-mode active suspension promises both comfort and athletic abilities.  VW's 1.8, 2.0 and 3.6 liter direct-injection gasoline engines will provide power, worldwide with common-rail turbodiesels offered in Europe.   A seven-speed DSG transmission is also a Europe-only option.

The unclad Passat CC seen here seems to be one of the more basic models.  Uplevel versions will get flagship-like appointments including a panoramic sunroof, lane departure mitigation system, self-sealing tires and a park-assist control.  The Passat CC goes on sale in Europe in the second quarter of 2008, with North American sales beginning in the fourth quarter.  

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