Klaus Bischoff, head of Volkswagen's design department, dropped this little nugget of information during an interview with Autogramm, Volkswagen's employee magazine.
A translation supplied by Car and Driver quotes Bischoff as saying, "The sedan and the station wagon are done. Now we are working on derivatives such as the CC, the plug-in hybrid, and the Alltrack".
The plug-in hybrid version, the Passat GTE, has since made its debut, alongside the regular sedan and wagon range, at this year's Paris motor show.
It will join regular petrol- and diesel-powered versions of the new Passat in European showrooms from the second half of 2015. Although we recently drove the next-generation Passat at its global launch, it won't be available locally until late 2015.
Based on the Passat wagon, the next Alltrack won't stray too far from the template laid down by the current model. Expect it to feature jacked up suspension, standard all-wheel drive, plastic wheel arch extensions, chunkier tyres and some off-road styling cues.
According to the US magazine, the next-generation CC isn't likely to surface for another two years. The current model will remain in production until then, and by the time it's replaced the first generation CC will be around seven years old.