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26 Nov 2010 | Text and Photos by Benjamin G, Kline
The Passat CC proves that Volkswagen's design team is capable of reaching the same levels of elegance and perfection that was once exclusive only to the Mercedes-Benz CLS. We take a drive in this fluid beauty and find out if it's more than just good looks...
It was only natural that another German manufacturer would take this winning formula and produce a sexy luxury sedan of its own. In this case Volkswagen took their successful Passat platform, threw the sedate body away and plonked on a beautiful swoopy design to give the CLS a run for its money.
On first impressions, it looks as if the designer took a sheet of cloth and draped it over the inner workings of the Passat. He then tugged and pulled it taut till he got the desired curves and creases at the right places and used that as his final design. And what a form it is.
From the front, one can see the vague resemblance of the Passat lineage though not much as the CC seems to take on an entirely different design language of its own.
The CC is made up of smooth fluid lines that flow gently and dramatically from the front of the car over the gently raked A-pillars and roof before descending smoothly to converge with the fluid lines in the rear.
Although to fully appreciate the CC's form, one must view it from the flanks to see the genius in the way the designer have led the observer's eye from the front to the rear of the car uninterrupted. The use of frameless doors here also parallels that on the CLS.
The CC sets itself apart from the 'normal' Passat by having a significantly lower roofline at 1,417 mm compared to the 'normal' Passat's 1,472 mm. A slightly wider stance also hints at the sportier underpinnings of this sedan.