Volkswagen CC concept previews the future of the affordable four-door coupe

Volkswagen's Geneva-bound CC concept hints at the second-gen CC

Volkswagen CC concept
Volkswagen has published two teaser sketches that preview a brand new concept tentatively called CC. The CC will be presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show that will open its doors next week.

The concept was designed to preview what the second generation of the CC could look like when it lands in the next couple of years. The show car gets an elegant front end accented by a full-width radiator grille with chromed slats that extend into the headlights and a pair of muscular-looking C-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Pronounced character lines that connect the front wheel arches and the tail lamps help give the CC a low-slung look. Out back, the concept stands out from the current CC thanks to an Audi A7-like rakish D-pillar, a discreet spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and sharp tail lamps.

Volkswagen has not published pictures of the concept’s interior. Similarly, the Wolfsburg-based automaker is keeping full technical details under wraps for the time being, saying only that the CC is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that uses a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to spin all four wheels.

Although pure speculation, the concept could be powered by an evolution of the gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain that was inaugurated by the Cross Coupe GTE concept when it debuted last month at the Detroit Motor Show. For use in the Cross Coupe, the hybrid setup sent 355 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque to all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

A full set of details about Volkswagen’s next concept will be published over the coming days. In Geneva, the CC concept will share the spotlight with the recently-introduced Passat Alltrack that will go on sale across Europe next summer.


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