Here’s a first view of both the sedan and wagon variants of the next-generation B8 Passat on test. The car seems to have taken on some styling cues from the Volkswagen CC – the silhouette seems sleeker now.

There’s a lot of camo on but we can see some of the design of the LED-powered taillamps through the disguise. The car also has big headlamps and what looks like a prominent grille in front.

The current Volkswagen Passat B7 has been around since 2010, and after a five-year cycle it should be due for replacement by 2015. The next-generation car will use Volkswagen’s new MQB platform that currently underpins the Volkswagen Golf Mk7.

Since the new Passat appears to look a lot sleeker now, will there still be a CC version, then?