Volkswagen once again touches upon the premium segment now they have finally revealed the successor of the Volkswagen Passat CC, the Volkswagen Arteon. Like many of Volkswagen’s mid-sized cars, the Arteon is based on the organization-wide MQB platform.
Positioned above the Volkswagen Passat the Volkswagen Arteon features distinct styling and a striking coupé figure, and some would even argue it incorporates some of the late Volkswagen Pheaton’s qualities.
At the front of the car the Arteon impresses with its large standard LED headlights that merge seamlessly with the radiator grille. Along the coupé’s flanks we notice a significantly increased wheelbase which will bring the rear seat passengers additional legroom. The coupé roofline and lengthy wheelbase then come together at the car’s handsomely sculpted rear. Open the trunk and a flexible luggage compartment with a volume of 563 to 1,557 liters becomes available.
Customers of the new Volkswagen Arteon have plenty of engines to choose from ranging in output from 150 hp (110 kW) to 280 hp (206 kW). From launch buyers have six options, all of which are turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The entry model engines are the 1.5 TSI with 150 horsepower and the 2.0 TDI also with 150 horsepower. The base 1.5 TSI is a completely newly developed engine and now comes with Active Cylinder Management (ACT) making it even more efficient.
Further engines come in the shapes and sizes of the 2.0 TSI with 190 hp and 2.0 TDI equivalent. Finally the most potent engines available at launch are the 2.0 TSI with 280 hp and the 2.0 TDI delivering 240 hp. Additionally the top of the range TSI and TDI engines will be delivered with Volkswagen’s DSG dual clutch automatic transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. All of the engines can be optionally linked to a DSG gearbox except for the 1.5 TSI in Germany specifically.
Finally Volkswagen is also stepping up its game when it comes to technology and assistance systems. The Arteon will be optionally available with the digital instruments cluster and 9.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control. New assistance systems comprise forward looking technology that reacts to speed limits, bends and round-abouts.
It took Volkswagen 24 months to evolve their initial concept car to this brand new Volkswagen Arteon, an impressive and decent looking achievement. Those looking for a decent alternative for the traditional German premium segment have a solid choice with the Volkswagen Arteon, which can also be further personalized using Volkswagen’s extended equipment lines such as ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’.