Gaining a new look and a host of even more impressive techno touches, a comprehensively refreshed 2013 Volkswagen CC makes its world debut in Los Angeles. Offering new model nomenclature while retaining the choice of front-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations, this four-door sedan with a rakish coupe-like profile will arrive in U.S. showrooms starting next spring

Intent on sharpening its silhouette while adding more visual flair to the overall package, Volkswagen made modest but effective changes to the 2013 CC's nose, tail and flanks. Up front, new standard bi-xenon headlamps with corner-following Adaptive Front Lighting and new LED running lamps frame a more formal three-bar bright-finish grille that brings the new CC closer in line with VW's Passat and Jetta models. Reshaped air intakes in the lower valence area also have been slimmed down to give the 2013 update a lower, wider appearance when viewed head on. A similar approach was employed out back, where new lower-profile taillights -- also heavily infused with LED internal elements - replace the current more organically-shaped units. To effectively link fore with aft, more deeply sculpted side sills are set off by a variety of new alloy wheel designs.

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While the basic design of the 2013 CC's well-appointed cabin remains largely unchanged, there are a few focused tweaks here as well, including several new color combinations and trim elements. The biggest absolute difference can be seen in a new three-across rear bench seat that replaces the twin single "buckettes" that have been used since the car was introduced four years ago. Four-way, whiplash-mitigating front headrests also join the CC's feature mix, as does a new easy-access remote latching system for the folding rear seatbacks.

While the 2013 Volkswagen CC's engine roster carries over with either the 2.0-liter/200-horsepower TSI turbocharged/direct-injected four or 3.6-liter/280-horse VR6, the model designations have changed. On the four-cylinder front, they now include the 2.0T Sport, a new 2.0T Sport Plus, a late-arriving 2.0T R-Line, and a 2.0T Lux. All gain a new torque-transferring XDS limited-slip differential for 2013. The six-cylinder side of the CC menu also sees some expansion in the form of a new VR6 Lux variant that joins the range-topping VR6 4Motion Executive model.

Pricing information for the 2013 Volkswagen CC will be released closer to its on-sale date.

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