The new VW CC booked for March arrival

THE dashing Volkswagen CC will make its Irish debut in March and if it looks familiar, don’t be surprised.

THE dashing Volkswagen CC will make its Irish debut in March and if it looks familiar, don’t be surprised.

Over 270,000 people across the world have been won over by its predecessor the Passat CC’s blend of four-door practicality and sleek coupé-like styling.

At the front, the CC’s new radiator grille has strong horizontal lines that represent Volkswagen’s new design DNA, flanked by new bi-xenon headlights and topped with a reprofiled bonnet.

The bumper is different, too, with a new extra air intake, and silver-coloured ‘winglets’ that frame the fog lights.

Along the side, the frameless doors are carried over from the previous model, but more sculpted sills, revised bumpers and the new bonnet add up to create a subtly updated silhouette.

The rear bumper has also been completely redesigned, with more emphasis on horizontal lines and a reworking of the characteristic chrome strip. The tail lights are new as well, not just in their more dramatic design, but in their use of LEDs.

The numberplate lights are also now LED. As before, the Volkswagen logo doubles as the handle for the boot, and it can now optionally contain a rear-view camera.

From launch, the Irish engine range for the CC will comprise powerful and efficient 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp or 170bhp common rail diesels, both in Tax Band B.

Both engines are available optionally with 6 speed manual or 7 speed auto DSG. All derivatives will have Blue Motion Technologies as standard.

The 170 bhp now has a standard XDS differential, an electronic cross-axle traction control system for improved traction and handling.

The CC has been extremely popular in Ireland since its launch in 2008. More details including pricing will be available nearer to the launch date.