Facelifted Passat CC will feature an updated design more in line with VW's current language.

Here are the latest spy shots of the upcoming 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC facelift, caught doing some hot-weather testing in the deserts of the Southwestern United States.

The next Passat CC is slated to receive a facelift bringing its design in line with the fresher elements of the VW lineup. So expect a CC with styling cues more in common with the new Jetta and Passat models.

Even with the heavy camo on the new front and rear ends, we can spot that new four-tiered grill on this prototype here.

The facelifted Passat CC is expected to debut later this year.

2012 VW Passat CC facelift spied hot-weather testing