( Worldcarfans ) - In a sight that Volkswagen no doubt hopes will soon be a common one, the new Passat CC has been spotted frolicking in the snow sans camouflage, just days after its world introduction in Detroit.
The new premium sedan's "coupe-sedan" styling has sparked obvious comparisons to the Mercedes CLS. It's unlikely that the Passat CC will go head-to-head with the Mercedes, however. Underpinnings are shared with the standard Passat, but VW says the luxurious four-passenger interior and sporty driving dynamics will provide a wholly different driving experience. A three-mode active suspension promises both comfort and athletic abilities. VW's 1.8, 2.0 and 3.6 liter direct-injection gasoline engines will provide power, worldwide with common-rail turbodiesels offered in Europe. A seven-speed DSG transmission is also a Europe-only option.
The unclad Passat CC seen here seems to be one of the more basic models. Uplevel versions will get flagship-like appointments including a panoramic sunroof, lane departure mitigation system, self-sealing tires and a park-assist control. The Passat CC goes on sale in Europe in the second quarter of 2008, with North American sales beginning in the fourth quarter.