• CC updates include optional seating for five and redesigned front and rear
  • There is more standard equipment, including bi-xenon headlights and a fatigue detection system
  • Volkswagen says a sporty new R-Line trim will also join the 2013 CC sometime next year

Volkswagen chose this year's Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal an updated version of its stylish CC sedan. Expected to go on sale next year, the 2013 CC features optional seating for five, updated front and rear styling, new standard equipment and a sporty new R-Line trim level.

The most obvious changes to Volkswagen's 2013 CC are to its exterior. New LED taillights that resemble units used on the new Jetta and Passat replace the sedan's distinctive circular tail lamps, while new headlights feature a boxier design and now incorporate LED running lamps.

Other changes to the 2013 CC's exterior include a larger grille modeled after Volkswagen's updated European-market Phaeton sedan, revised lines on the sedan's trunk and rear fascia and a new front bumper designed to project a more aggressive appearance.

Inside, the big news for the 2013 CC is optional seating for five. Although one of the sedan's most distinctive features is its four-passenger seating configuration, Volkswagen apparently bowed to customer demand for the 2013 model, adding an extra seat belt and a flat middle cushion to the sedan's rear bench seat. Other interior tweaks are limited to a new analog clock in the center of the sedan's dashboard and redesigned climate control switchgear.

According to Volkswagen, however, changes to the 2013 CC aren't purely visual. The automaker also announced the sedan will feature a host of new standard equipment, including bi-xenon headlights with Volkswagen's adaptive front lighting system, a fatigue detection system that alerts drivers when they become drowsy, stainless steel door sill plates and front headrests with a longitudinal adjustment.

The CC also gains a sporty new trim level for 2013. Officially dubbed "R-Line," the new trim uses the sedan's standard 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and includes several sporty exterior and interior modifications. Unfortunately, Volkswagen offered no extra details on the CC R-Line, which the automaker says will be delayed when the sedan launches early next year. The rest of the sedan's trim levels are also reshuffled, with Sport Plus and Exclusive models joining Sport and Lux models for 2013.

In addition to its standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the 2013 CC retains last year's optional 280-horsepower V6 and available 4Motion all-wheel drive. While Volkswagen hasn't announced pricing for the sedan, we'd expect it to come close to last year's base price of around $29,000.

What it means to you: The most stylish Volkswagen just got a little bit more stylish - and more practical.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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