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Volkswagen CC replacement confirmed for Geneva debut

Volkswagen is retiring the CC nameplate.

Volkswagen has announced it will introduce a brand new four-door coupe during next year's edition of the Geneva Auto Show.

Dubbed Arteon, the model will replace the aging CC. A teaser film published by the Wolfsburg-based brand confirms the Arteon will borrow more than a few styling cues from the Sport Coupe GTE concept that debuted during last year's edition of the Geneva Auto Show. The flick shows a couple of sketches, and it does a good job of keeping the overall design under wraps.

However, images leaked out of a patent office suggest the Sport Coupe's design has been toned down a little and made less futuristic, though the sleek, fastback-like silhouette hasn't changed a whole lot in its transition from a concept to a production model.

Under the skin, the Arteon will be closely related to the Euro-spec eigth-generation Passat. Technical details remain unconfirmed at this point, but odds are base models will land with a turbo four. We wouldn't be surprised if a range-topping variant powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain is added to the lineup a little later in the production run.

We'll find out more details about the Volkswagen Arteon in the coming months. When it lands, it won't be billed as simply a replacement for the current CC. Volkswagen has it made it clear that it wants to move its four-door coupe up a notch on the market, so the model will likely be better built -- and more expensive -- than its predecessor.

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