The Volkswagen Arteon premium sedan will come as replacement to the discontinued CC in the global markets.
Volkswagen Arteon has taken some styling inspiration from the Sport Coupe GTE concept.
German auto giant, Volkswagen has shown its premium saloon – the Artreon – at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This all-new premium sedan will come as replacement to the discontinued CC mid-sized sedan in the global markets. While the CC was among low-selling VW models, Volkswagen has high expectations from the Arteon especially from the European markets. To be produced in Germany, the Volkswagen Arteon will see a release in Europe in the second half of 2017.
Other global market such as USA, Middle East and China will also receive the saloon sometime later. It might also make its way to India. In Germany, it could be priced around €35,000, while its UK-spec model should cost around £30,000. To be positioned above the eighth-generation Passat, the Volkswagen Arteon is the first new model from the German carmaker since the emissions scandal that took place on 18th September, 2015. Check Out: Picture Gallery – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India
Designed by Klaus Bischoff, VW’s new Executive Design Director, the Volkswagen Arteon shares its underpinning with the new-generation Passat – i.e. MQB platform. Proportionally, the sedan measures 4,861mm in length, 1,872mm in width and 1,427mm in height, thus making it shorter, wider and lower than the current-gen Passat. First previewed as the Sport Coupe Concept in 2015, the Arteon retains some of the design elements including air duct with detailed design within the front bumper, a contoured clamshell style bonnet, prominent shoulder creases and flared wheel arches.
Styling cues such as curved roofline, unique scalloping within the lower section of the doors, muscular rear hunches, horizontally positioned LED tail lamps, fastback tailgate, twin trapezoidal shaped tailpipes integrated within the lower section of the rear bumper are also carried over from the concept. What is new on the exterior is the prominent front grille with different details making unique wide graphic with LED headlamps. Its frameless windows “reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer”.
Volkswagen’s all-new five-door fastback features high gloss black air intakes at the front, chrome embellishments within the lower bodywork, stylish front and rear bumper, a pair of 18-inch alloys and chromed tailpipes add more to its sporty appearance. Interestingly, Volkswagen offers three different styling packages with the Arteon – Standard, Elegance and R-line.
Exterior Designer Tobias Sühlmann said, “At first sight, the Arteon arouses enthusiasm through its expressive design. It then surprises through its practical virtues. This combination is unique.”
Cabin of VW’s new fastback seems adopted from the new Passat, especially dashboard and some interior appointments. Brimming with lots of high-end features, the Arteon comes with Volkswagen’s high definition Active Info Display (instead of the conventional analogue instruments), 9.2-inch infotainment display with touch and gesture control. Sitting on 2,841mm wheelbase, which is 131mm longer than the current Passat, this premium saloon is claimed to offer class-leading accommodation for rear seat occupants. Read – Volkswagen Golf GTI India Launch On Cards
The Volkswagen Arteon is a more practical machine with merits like foldable rear seats, more leg room for second-row passengers and 1,557-litres of luggage space (with 40:20:40 rear seats folded). The brand’s new Emergency Assist driver assistance system ensures a high-end safety.
This technology automatically stops the vehicle when it detects the driver’s incapacitated and change lanes before collision. The highly advanced braking systems, automatic throttle and a few more semi-autonomous driving technologies are also on offer. Read – New-gen VW Vento – All You Need To Know
A range of turbocharged, 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines have been slotted in along with front and four-wheel drive system. The petrol engine setup includes – Volkswagen’s newly-developed 148bhp, 1.5-litre engine and tried and tested 187bhp/276bhp, 2.0-litre TSI. The Arteon’s diesel trio comes with the 2.0-litre engine tuned for three power outputs – 148bhp, 187bhp and 236bhp.
While the 148bhp, 1.5L petrol and 148bhp/187bhp, 2.0L diesel variants come with a 6-speed manual transmission, the 187bhp and 276bhp, 2.0L petrol and 236bhp, 2.0L diesel models get 7-speed DSG gearbox. Volkswagen will also introduce a petrol-electric hybrid engine on the saloon at a later stage.
All-new Volkswagen Arteon has been designed on the MQB platform that also underpins the new-generation Passat. It shares most of its design elements with the Sport Coupe GTE concept.