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2013 Volkswagen CC: Refreshed Version To Debut At LA Auto Show

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The Volkswagen CC sedan—originally called the Passat CC—has occupied an interesting place in the brand's showrooms. As VW's affordable flagship car, it's offered a more flamboyant—and, most would say, aesthetically superior—take on an upscale sedan, a cut above the more conservative Passat.

With the Passat now completely redesigned and a bit larger, Volkswagen is now giving the CC a refresh for 2013, and it's now teased it in pictures released ahead of its Los Angeles Auto Show debut.

The CC's frameless doors, arched greenhouse, and roofline don't appear to have been touched—neither has its side sheetmetal—but front and rear styling has been refreshed and made more contemporary. In front, the air dam is a little crisper and sharper, in line with other newer Volkswagen products like the Passat, and the grille is chromed. In back, the taillamps are a little smoother, with a new fascia as well. According to the very brief release accompanying these early pictures, bi-xenon headlamps, adaptive front lighting, LED taillights will be standard equipment on the 2013 CC.

Although we appreciate the CC's stylish good looks and surprisingly strong value, there are a few things we don't like so much about the current CC—including its overly light steering, tight rear headroom, and odd front seating position. There's no word yet from VW on interior improvements for the 2013 Volkswagen CC, although the one image released showed revised trims, potentially, but little else.

Expect a few more feature changes to be introduced—perhaps revised pricing as well to fit the new Passat sedan's higher-value positioning—so stay tuned to MotorAuthority's coverage live from the show floor.

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