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 revealed a design sketch of a premium saloon that is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. Called the Volkswagen Arteon, the premium sedan will come as replacement to the discontinued CC in the global markets. To be positioned above the current Passat, the Arteon is the first new model from the German carmaker since the emissions scandal that took place on 18th September, 2015.
The Volkswagen Arteon sits on a stretched version of the MQB platform, thus making it 50mm longer than its replacement (i.e. CC four-door coupe). While the CC saloon was among low-selling VW models, Volkswagen has high expectations from the Arteon especially from the European markets. The Volkswagen Arteon will be a more practical machine with merits like foldable rear seats, more leg room for second-row passengers and 1700-litres of luggage space (with rear seats folded). Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India
A range of turbocharged, 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines have been slotted in along with front and four-wheel drive system. The Arteon is the first Volkswagen to get an all-new 7-speed DSG gearbox. The most powerful petrol mill will be punching out 276bhp. This indicates that the saloon might carry the same powertrain that does duty in the Skoda Superb 280 and Seat Leon Cupra 280.
Volkswagen Arteon has taken some styling inspiration from the Sport Coupe GTE concept. The company says that the four-door car will have a “highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look.” Its frameless windows “reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer”. The saloon will also have a larger front grille, LED lights with 3D styling and a large boot at the rear. Volkswagen 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.”
Though Volkswagen has kept interior details under the warps, reports suggest that the Arteon might show up with highly advanced braking systems and automatic throttle, lane keeping assist and a few more semi-autonomous driving technologies. The saloon will also have the latest Active Info Display infotainment system along with the latest driver assistance technology.
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. In Germany, it could be priced around €35,000, while its UK-spec model should cost around £30,000.