2012 Volkswagen CC Facelift: New Exterior and Interior Features

The Volkswagen Passat CC has been a big hit for the German carmaker and a facelift for the popular model was unveiled last year at the Los Angeles Motor Show. Besides the carmaker’s decision to drop “Passat” from the car’s name, which is now called the Volkswagen CC and just like the Passat, this is more than just a facelift, Volkswagen significantly improving the car’s looks and platform.

With the European launch close (it will take place next month, with the rest of the world, including the United States, Russia and Asia, scheduled to get the new CC a little bit later, this spring), Volkswagen released the full details about the upcoming car, together with more photos of the car.

Like we said, the changes made to the CC are more than just a facelift, the car’s exterior looks being almost completely changed. Under the supervision of Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen’s head of design, the team of designers and engineers created a car that has a more sophisticated look.

The front part has received a new front bumper, new grille and new headlights, plus an extra air intake beneath the bumper, similar to the new Passat and Phaeton, with integrated fog lights. All these changed lined up the CC to the rest of the Volkswagen lineup, following the company’s current “design DNA” philosophy. The rear part also features a new bumper with a redesigned chrome strip, the VW logo integrates the rearview camera on models that have this feature installed and the taillights have also been completely redesigned.

The new Volkswagen CC will be offered with two new alloy wheels, 17-inch Kent and 18-inch Lakeville wheels, and customers will be able to choose between eleven exterior colors including the standard Black Oak Brown (the press release mentions that this color best highlights the new styling features of the car), Deep Black, Island Grey (both with pearl effect) and Oryx White, considered the premium paint.

On the interior, even though changes aren’t that major compare to the exterior, the new CC features more sophisticated features. The new front sports seats are more comfortable for long drives and feature an optional active climate control (also includes massage option), Nappa leather, a new Climatronic control panel and a new two-tone color combination for the dashboard. The interior looks even better at night, when the ambient lighting has been perfected by Volkswagen’s designers, with lighting strips integrated into the dashboard and door trims, plus adjustable footwell illumination.

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