We are getting another chance to spy the next-generation Volkswagen CC, and this time the four-door coupe is near Volkswagen Group’s testing center at the Nürburgring, rather than in the United States. While not visible in these photos, our spies tell us the engineers have a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe nearby as a benchmark for the new model.

The camouflage on this example in Germany appears nearly identical to the one in the U.S. This CC is making a turn, though, so we can see how the designers integrate the signals into the headlights. The vehicle’s overall design integrates many of the styling cues from the Sport Coupe Concept GTE, especially the flowing roof and short rear deck. It’s quite a stylish look and could be an alternative for customers who like the Audi A7’s shape but don’t want to spend so much money.

We still suspect VW’s engineers are trying to trick us at the rear. The zipper for the camouflage back there goes all the way to the back window, but we think there’s actually a traditional trunk there. In the wake of Dieselgate, the company reportedly wants to save money and avoid niche models.

We don’t have interior photos of the new CC yet, but it should be quite a nice place to be. Expect the four-door coupe have slightly higher quality materials inside than the next Passat, which shares the same MQB platform. The CC would be more expensive than its more traditional-looking counterpart, too.

Look for the CC’s swoopy shape to debut in production form at an auto show in 2017. The Geneva Motor Show next March or Frankfurt Motor Show in the latter half of the year are the most likely sites.

Gallery: 2018 Volkswagen Passat CC Spy Shots Germany

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