Order taking for Volkswagen's segment-stretching new Passat CC four-door coupé begins this week, packaging the high quality expected from the German marque with a high specification and pricing set to tempt both private and fleet buyers.
Available from launch with the choice of 160 PS 1.8-litre TSI, 140 PS 2.0-litre TDI and range-topping 300 PS 3.6-litre V6 engines, the Passat CC gives consumers a wide initial choice from £21,040 on the road, rising to £31,120 for the latter GT 4MOTION model. Supplementary higher-powered 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units are on the way for September, boasting outputs of 200 and 170 PS respectively.
Two trim levels are available: standard CC and GT. In standard spec, the CC boasts 17" alloy wheels, air conditioning, touchscreen CD system, multifunction leather steering wheel and electronically adjustable sports seats. In GT specification, available on 2.0-litre TDI and V6 models only, the specsheet adds an inch to alloys, 'silversprint' upholstery and tinted windows among further details. The GT model also debuts Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), a three-tiered system geared at adjusting the car's electro-magnetic steering system to optimise settings for a comfortable or sporty ride.
The flagship model features FSI V6 technology that channels 300 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque to all four wheels and DSG gearbox. Optional on all but the entry-level 1.8 CC, the DSG transmission offers decreased power loss, quicker shifting and greater economy. ACC is available on all standard models, while further systems including Park Assist, Lane Assist and Automatic Distance Control are also available.
The Passat CC is expected to be popular among both fleet and private buyers, giving consumers a range of models offering CO2 emissions largely identical to those of the CC's saloon counterparts. CO2 emissions ratings place TDI models within the car tax band D (at 153 and 163 g/m dependent on transmission) and the 1.8-litre petrol model into category E (at 180g/km). Sales in the UK are expected to top 2,500 this year and rise to 5,800 for 2009. On sale Friday 16th May across the UK, first deliveries are expected mid-July.