Volkswagen has recently unveiled the updated version of the Passat CC at the 2011 L.A Auto Show. With new front and rear styling and an extended range of standard equipment that includes Bi-Xenon headlights and LED taillights, the new Passat CC makes an even bolder move towards the automotive luxury class.

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The design team at Volkswagen have reworked the Passat CC’s front and rear body sections. As a result of the changes, the 2013 Volkswagen Passat CC looks even more elegant while also appearing more muscular.

At the front of the car, one’s eye is drawn to the new radiator grille, Bi-Xenon headlights, and the hood design. Optional LED Daytime Running Lights are integrated in the headlight design.

The entire area comprised of the new front bumper, headlights, and radiator grille exhibits clean lines that correspond more closely to Volkswagen’s “design DNA” styling than previously.

This DNA is marked by such characteristics as an emphasis on horizontal lines and precise harmony between the headlights and radiator grille. The latter is no longer designed as a separate “V” framed by body-colour pieces, but is instead formed as a visually continuous band together with the headlights.

Like the previous model, the new Passat CC also has an extra air intake beneath the bumper. The foglights are housed inside “winglets” that are integrated in this intake.

Despite its unique shape, the front end makes it clear that the “Comfort Coupe” belongs to a global brand family. The radiator grille has three chrome bars that bear a styling resemblance to both the Passat and the Phaeton.

Although the frameless doors of the Passat CC are unmodified, the side profile shows a new look, too. Several factors are at work here: up front, the more powerful hood design interplays with the new bumper to sharpen the car’s silhouette. Meanwhile, the more sculpted side sills between the wheel housings stand out, making a greater visual connection between the front and rear bumpers.

At the rear, the bumper was given greater volume, enhancing the swoopy nature of the coupe-like C-pillars and the very long, swept-back rear window. The entire rear section now shows more geometric surfaces and a greater emphasis on horizontal lines. The new taillights fit this new design theme, finishing with a horizontal sweep at their lower ends.

In contrast to the previous model, the new rear lights have LED elements that respond quickly, use less energy, and are longer lived. The distinctive look of these lights makes the 2013 Passat CC unmistakable from the rear, day or night. The license plate is illuminated with LED lighting too.

The 2013 Passat CC now comes in two new colour; Black Oak Brown and Fortuna Red.

The CC continues to offer an incredibly stylish and luxurious interior that looks like it belongs in a much more expensive car. One improvement in the 2013 Passat CC is that there is now seating for five, with a three-seat rear bench taking the place of two individual buckets.

The 2013 Passat CC will be powered by 2.0L turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-cylinder engine that generates 200bhp and the 3.6L narrow-angle VR6 engine that produces 280bhp.

All 2.0L models are front-wheel drive. The 2.0L engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

One new feature on the 2.0L models is the XDS cross-differential (limited-slip) system that electronically monitors input from various wheel sensors and, in the event of slippage, transfers extra torque to the front wheel with the most traction.

The VR6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting, driving either through the front wheels or via 4Motion® all-wheel drive.