2013 Volkswagen CC shows off updates at L.A. Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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First introduced in 2008, the Volkswagen "Comfort Coupe" sedan was lauded for its classy, coupe-like styling above all else. Better known as the CC, the stylish Volkswagen has now been updated for the 2013 model year and put on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Up front, the 2013 CC sports a new front bumper, grille, hood design and Bi-Xenon headlights. Around the back, the new CC features a restyled bumper and LED taillights. Perhaps the most significant change though is on the inside where the 2013 CC now features available seating for five: The two rear bucket seats can be replaced with a more accommodating and conventional three-seat bench.

Base versions of the 2013 Volkswagen CC are powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-litre TSI 4-cylinder engine good for 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting, which allows manual control of the transmission when desired.

In addition to the 2.0-litre TSI 4-cylinder, the 2013 Volkswagen CC can also be had with a more powerful 3.6-litre VR6 6-cylinder engine that generates 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The VR6 engine comes mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting.

All 2.0-litre 2013 CCs have a front-wheel-drive layout with an XDS cross-differential system - essentially a limited-slip differential that helps remedy a low grip situation by transferring extra torque to the front wheel with the most traction. As with the 2.0-litre models, regular VR6 versions of the 2013 CC also come with front-wheel-drive, but 4Motion all-wheel-drive is available on the top-of-the-range VR6 Executive model.

All CCs come equipped with many standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, sport seats, heated 12-way power front seats, Bluetooth capability, Apple iPod connectivity, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags. New features specific to the 2013 model include Bi-Xenon headlights and LED taillights, while LED daytime running lights and an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) are optional. AFS and related systems work by swiveling the headlight fixtures to shine the beam of light at different angles. With their swiveling headlights, such systems increase visibility while driving around corners. In the case of AFS, it swivels the headlight beams by up to 15 degrees.

On display at the Los Angeles Auto Show until November 27, the 2013 Volkswagen CC will first go on sale in Germany in February 2012, then in America in the spring. A specific Canadian release date had not been announced at press time, but the new CC is expected to arrive in Canadian showrooms in spring 2012 as well.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Four-Door Coupe, Volkswagen, 2013, CC, Los Angeles,

Organizations: Volkswagen

Geographic location: Los Angeles

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