The five-seat Arteon, positioned above the Passat in the the VW lineup, keeps the four-door coupe profile of the CC and will offer a range of six-turbocharged engines. Ranging in power from 148 to 276 hp, the top units will be paired with dual-clutch automatic transmissions and 4Motion all-wheel drive. Half of these are diesel engines, which we won’t see here — the U.S. will likely receive the 2.0-liter TSI gasoline four-cylinder engine in two states of tune: 188 hp and 276 hp. Both will be paired with seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions, with the beefier engine meant to be coupled with 4Motion.
The Arteon will replace the CC and to some extent the Phaeton in VW’s lineup.
Based on the MQB platform shared with the new Atlas SUV, the Arteon features a long 111.9-inch wheelbase; that’s not quite Phaeton territory, but this sedan is longer than the Passat, which is already a roomy midsize sedan. The Arteon also goes heavy on design, wearing a front fascia that is not overtly Volkswagen. The new sedan was previewed in concept form two years ago as the Sport Coupe GTE, and it has stuck unusually close to the concept when it comes to exterior looks.
“The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept,” said Tobias Suhlmann, the exterior designer. “Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans.”
The Arteon will be offered with a choice of six engines in its home country, but the U.S. will likely only get the 2.0-liter TSI in two states of tune. Engine choices for the U.S. have not been confirmed by VW yet.
When it comes to interior tech, the Arteon will offer the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (VW’s version of the Audi system) in addition to digital controls and displays. Every trim level will feature LED headlights and taillights as standard equipment, plus items like Keyless Go access and aluminium wheels. The Arteon Elegance trim level will add a bit more chrome to the exterior as well as 18-inch wheels and faux-suede leather seating surfaces with contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats. The sporty Arteon R-Line will offer a sport steering wheel along with to a unique wheel design, as well as revised bumpers and chrome-plated exhaust tips front and back. This version will also throw in stainless-steel and aluminum details for the interior, in addition to the Alcantara suede seating surfaces.
The Arteon will go on sale in Germany early this summer and is expected in the U.S. sometime in 2018. VW will announce U.S. specs and pricing closer to the sedan’s commercial launch here in the States.