“Volkswagen’s recent announcement that it has overtaken Ford as the world’s third biggest carmaker doesn’t appear as though it will have any effect on the pace of the company’s new model roll out. Set to appear over the next couple of years are the recently revealed Mark VI Golf, new-generation Polo, the up! minicar range, a new roadster and North American sedan, plus all of their respective cabrio and wagon variants. One other possibility is a new wagon based on the Passat CC.Expected to be launched a year from now, this latest rendering gives a good indication as to what a new Passat CC wagon could look like. As suggested by this rendering, the wagon will feature the same sleek profile as the saloon but could also include a slightly longer wheelbase to boost interior space. Seating capacity, however, should remain at enough space for four.
The engine lineup should mirror that of the sedan, which means a base 2.0L TSI engine with 200hp (147kW) and 207lb-ft of torque in the U.S., available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Available optionally will be a flagship 3.6L FSI, rated at 280hp (206kW) and 266lb-ft of torque. Other markets will feature a base 160hp (105kW) 1.8L: TSI model and two diesel variants developing 140 (90kW) and 170hp (110kW) respectively.
VW marketing chief Detlef Wittig has previously stated that the company expects 60% of CC sales to come from the U.S. alone, which means the wagon would likely be sold on both sides of the Atlantic.”