It appears the designers over at Volkswagen opted for a more aggressive-looking midsize sedan after our spies managed to snap some photos of the next-generation CC.

Volkswagen CC front quarter

Even with the heavy camouflage, the new Volkswagen CC looks fiercer thanks to the reworked front fascia. The headlights appear sleeker while the air intake gets a rework as well.

Volkswagen CC rear quarter

The rear section does not reveal much but the new-generation CC does get new exhaust pipes that exit through the bumper, along with what looks to be restyled taillights and a thicker C-pillar.

As it is essentially a sleeker-looking Passat, the new-generation CC is expected to be driven by the familiar engines found from the D-segment sedan. These include the 1.4-, 1.8- and 2.0-liter TSI engines, a 2.0-liter TDI and the top-of-the-range 3.6-liter FSI V6.

Volkswagen CC side

The TSI and TDI models can be mated to either a manual or dual-clutch gearbox, while the FSI V6 is exclusively paired to an automatic transmission.

There is no word yet as to when Volkswagen will reveal the next-generation CC.