2018 Volkswagen CC spy shots

A prototype for Volkswagen’s next-generation CC has been spotted once again.

The svelte sedan is expected to be revealed in 2017 and will likely make it into showrooms in the United States as a 2018 model.

We’ve already been given a taste of the design in the form of the Sport Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show. The concept showed VW is planning a more dynamic look for the new CC to help differentiate the car from the more mainstream Passat sold overseas, with which it shares a platform.

That platform is the flexible MQB which for the new CC is expected to be stretched to an overall length of approximately 190 inches and a wheelbase of 119 in. This should lead to increased room in the cabin compared to the current model, whose overall length is 189 in but wheelbase is around 107 in.

Powertrains should also be shared with the Passat sold overseas, which means a series of turbocharged inline-4s. The range-topper should be a CC GTE plug-in hybrid model.

The Sport Coupe GTE featured a plug-in hybrid setup combining a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a pair of electric motors to form a “through-the-road” hybrid all-wheel-drive system. The CC GTE, though, will likely go with the setup fitted to the Passat sold overseas. This features a tamer configuration consisting of a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 and single electric motor integrated with the transmission.

There’s been some talk of a CC wagon. However, given the Volkswagen Group’s efforts to cut costs by eliminating niche products, a fallout of its diesel emissions cheating scandal, a niche bodystyle for an already niche product is unlikely to make the cut.

While the CC has never been a bigger seller for VW (just 193 of them were sold in the U.S. in July), in the absence of a Phaeton the car helps fill the important flagship sedan role.

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