Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, the Passat CC is described as featuring the profile and stance of a coupe but with four doors and four individual seats.
The new car is 31mm longer and 36mm wider than the standard Passat, but the new profile means it’s also 50mm lower.
The interior has a new look, with new steering wheel controls and dials, and additional wood or aluminium finishes.
Volkswagen promise sharper dynamics to match the sharper styling.
Optional Dynamic Drive Control (DDC) offers three settings to firm up or soften the ride and change the steering characteristics for comfort or sportiness.
The Passat CC will be available with three petrol and two diesel engines.
The entry level petrol engine is a 1.8-litre TSI unit developing 158bhp, while the 2.0-litre TSI raises power to 197bhp.
Topping the range is the 3.6-litre V6 FSI engine, developing 296bhp and linked to a 4MOTION four-wheel drive system.
Two new diesel engines will also be offered in 138bhp and 168 PS guises.
Prices and specifications will be announced closer to the UK launch this summer.