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2018 Volkswagen CC Successor Spied on US Roads with Audi A7-like Roofline

You don't need to be a car aficionado to have noticed the upmarket process Volkswagen has been going through. And such a move isn't complete without a flagship - when it comes to the US market, you are now looking at that flagship.
2018 Volkswagen CC Successor Spied 9 photos
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To be more precise, the 2018 Volkswagen CC successor has now been spied for the first time, with our shooters having crossed lenses with the Vee-Dub on American roads.

The four-door coupe should bow next year, coming as a 2018 model and we expect a change of strategy when it comes to the US market and we need to get back to the roots of the stylish model to highlight this.

The story started out in Europe, with VW introducing the ex-generation model as the Passat CC, the obviously-more-stylish brother of the automaker's fair sedan.

The car we find in Volkswagen showrooms nowadays is the second generation of the model, having lost the "Passat" side of its designation. The vehicle is also imported into the US, but this production pathway causes the CC to be a whopping $12,000 more expensive than the North American Passat (think MSRP of $22,440 vs $34,475).

For the upcoming CC, the automaker is currently considering domestic production, with this leading to slight model differences, as in the case of the Passat, where the American model is larger and less expensive, albeit with less of a premium feel when compared to is Euro counterpart.

Returning to the spied prototype, this shows what appears to be an even sexier roofline than the one we get nowadays, reminding us of the roofline shown by the second-generation Audi A7, which has also made its spyshot debut recently.

To continue the cross-continent story, we'll remind you that Volkswagen expressed its intentions to gift the new CC with a sportier look back at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, with the help of the Sport Coupe GTE Concept.

Riding on the modular MQB platform, the 2018 Volkswagen CC will be slightly longer than the current model, with the main benefit coming in terms of cabin space. Since the European Passat has introduced a downsized turbo-four engine line-up, the CC should follow suit.

Nevertheless, since the Sport Coupe GTE concept was powered by a hybrid setup consisting of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and a pair of electric motors (one was integrated into the gearbox, while the other fed the rear axle), we should also see the 2018 CC range being topped by a hybrid.

The lackluster US market adaptation mentioned above has brought slow sales for the Volkswagen CC, but expect everything to change with the 2018 model.

 
 
 
 
 

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