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by Tim Beissmann

The first images of the Volkswagen Passat CC have been released ahead of the four-door coupe’s world premiere at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

The Passat CC will go on sale in the US in the second quarter of 2012. Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the updated 2+2 entry-luxury four-door will arrive in local showrooms sometime next year, although specific timing details are still to be finalised.

The new Volkswagen Passat CC adopts the exterior styling of the new Passat sedan and wagon range that arrived in Australia earlier this year.

Square lines and sharper angles replace the bulbous headlights, taillights and rounded grille of the first-generation model. The new chrome grille is broad and bold and integrates with the headlights in a similar fashion to the Volkswagen Phaeton.

The taillights now have a simpler, rounded-rectangle design that appears reminiscent of the ultra-luxury BMW 6 Series Coupe.

The interior also benefits from a number of subtle revisions to give it a more premium appearance.

Depending on the market, the new Passat CC will come standard with bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. Australian specifications are still to be confirmed.

Volkswagen is keeping powertrain details under wraps for now, but the updated model is likely to continue with a similar package to the outgoing model.

In Australia, the 2011 Passat CC is available in two distinct trim levels: the $54,990 125TDI (125kW/350Nm 2.0-litre diesel) and the $64,990 V6 FSI (220kW/350Nm 3.6-litre petrol).

Australian specification and pricing details will be revealed closer to the local launch of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC next year.




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