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Facelifted Passat-based four-door hardtop adds driver-enhancing technology

5 Jul 2012

VOLKSWAGEN has some history with oddball Passats – namely the $100,000 W8 AWD sedan of 2003 – but the four-door coupe version known as the ‘CC’ introduced in 2009 is another mid-size curio out of left field.

Clearly inspired by the success of the Mercedes CLS, the four-seat Passat flagship struggled to find a footing in the Australian market.

Now, after a facelift and overhaul that sees more features for the same money, we wonder whether Volkswagen will have an easier time Down Under.

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Model release date: 1 July 2012 to 1 July 2016

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B6 Passat CC

Released: March 2009
Ended: June 2012
Family Tree: CC

VOLKSWAGEN’S take on the wildly successful Mercedes-Benz CLS resulted in the oddly named Passat CC – for Comfort Coupe rather than coupe-convertible like other ‘CC’ models.

Aimed primarily at American audiences, the four-door, four-seat, three-box ‘hardtop’ sedan from Germany arrived in two well-equipped variants – the 125kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel-powered 125TDI front-drive model and the 220kW/350Nm 3.6-litre V6 FSI petrol with 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

The former accounted for up to 75 per cent of sales, but only about 2700 found homes in Australia from March 2009 until the facelifted CC (without the Passat prefix) arrived in mid-2012.

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