After nearly 10 years on the market, Volkswagen CC production has reportedly come to an end. When it was first introduced in 2007, it was praised for its sleek styling and ergonomic cabin. In later years, sales of the sedan slipped, the company moving just 6,276 examples in the U.S. in 2015.
But it’s not all bad news for fans of the four door. Reports suggest that the CC could be revived with an even edgier design and a new nameplate. Early spy shots and some faux leaked photos give us a better indication as to the look of the new sedan, which will share a number of cues with the handsome Sport Coupe GTE concept we saw unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
A new set of angular headlights, a more pronounced nose, and a fastback-style rear give the proposed replacement a distinct but familiar look over the outgoing model. Riding on VW's MQB platform – the same platform that underpins the new Golf and Passat – the CC replacement will likely utilize a range of new engine options, including the hybrid powertrain from the 215-horsepower (160-kilowatt) Passat GTE, and the 380-horsepower (283-kilowatt) turbocharged six-cylinder hybrid unit found on the Sport Coupe Concept GTE.
Most of the interior will be sourced from the Passat, but with a more upmarket feel that would include extra soft-touch plastics and a few other cosmetic tweaks. The optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster found throughout the lineup will likely carry over, as will the 9.2-inch touchscreen interface.
The new CC – or whatever VW is calling it – will make its debut sometime in 2017 and is expected to go on sale in 2018. Expect it to carry a premium price tag over the current Passat.