Sunday, February 10, 2013

Autocar Online - News

Autocar Online - News

Volkswagen CC Shooting Brake planned

Posted: 09 Feb 2013 11:00 PM PST

The next Passat range will be joined by a still-secret CC Shooting Brake, VW insiders have revealed

Volkswagen is pushing ahead with plans to extend its Passat line-up to include a style-led CC Shooting Brake, Autocar can reveal.

Senior VW officials say that the new five-door model, depicted here in an exclusive computer-generated image, has been conceived to join a successor to today's swoopy four-door saloon in a second-generation line-up based on Volkswagen's versatile MQB platform.

The next Passat is tentatively scheduled for launch in early 2015. The model is set to grow in size, with the overall length said to extend to almost 4900mm. This is aimed at more successfully filling the gap in the line-up between the Passat and range-topping Phaeton.

The bigger dimensions will also provide the basis for improvements in interior packaging, including greater rear seat accommodation. As with today's CC, the new model will use a range of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in petrol-electric hybrid is also likely.

Buyers will be able to choose between standard front-wheel drive and optional 4Motion four-wheel drive, which will use VW's latest Haldex 5 system.

Secrecy surrounds the CC Shooting Brake model, which is still to be officially confirmed, but it is expected to place style before outright versatility in a move mirroring that taken by Mercedes-Benz with its latest CLS Shooting Brake.

Among the design elements that will distinguish the new VW are a heavily curved roofline and an angled tailgate. Luggage capacity of up to 570 litres is also expected.

The decision to expand the CC line-up to include the Shooting Brake is based around continued strong sales for the more practical Passat estate.

"The market for estates continues to grow and we want to expand our sales potential," an insider told Autocar. "We see a definite trend towards the so-called Shooting Brake. Whether we decide to adopt that name remains undecided."

VW Cross Up revealed

Posted: 09 Feb 2013 03:00 PM PST

Rugged version of five-door city car still undecided for UK launch

This is the new Volkswagen Cross Up, a rugged version of the Up city car. Volkswagen UK has yet to decide whether to take the car, but its chances are currently rated at 50/50.

The Cross Up is distinguished from the regular five-door VW Up by its black body cladding for the wheel arches and side sills. The bumpers and exterior mirror housings are also painted with a light metallic silver finish.

The model is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels with a design familiar from VW's other Cross models, and wrapped in 185/50 section tyres.

Inside, the front-drive Cross Up gets special trim for the seats, special floor mats, a revised instrument panel and chrome surrounds for the air vents.

Power comes from a 74bhp three-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, a combination familiar from the standard Up. VW's initial information on the car does not make reference as to whether or not the traction control system is revised to offer any extra control in low-grip conditions.

The new model will be shown for the first time at the Geneva motor show.

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