Volkswagen Arteon R Headlines Updated Range

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Volkswagen has revealed its updated Arteon range. The new model portfolio has increased with Arteon R and an Arteon Shooting Brake making their debut.

The updated Volkswagen Arteon has been revealed and it's joined by not 1, but 3 new family members. There's now a Shooting Brake for those wanting additional space and those seeking some performance can look forward to the Volkswagen Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake.

Despite COVID-19, Volkswagen is pushing hard in 2020. "Volkswagen will launch 34 new models this year. There has never been such an extensive model initiative in the history of the brand," says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer und designated CEO of the Volkswagen Pkw brand. "The Arteon Shooting Brake extends our model range in the important midsize-segment. It will set standards in its class with its dynamic design, high functionality and modern technologies."

What's New?

The MQB-based Volkswagen Arteon's design has changed slightly and there's a revised front end with a new continuous light strip, striking chrome bars and new air intakes. There's new LED lighting at the front and the rear too. The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake is the Wolfsburg-based brand's take on the station wagon. However, if these pictures are anything to go by, this is one of the most striking interpretations of the estate concept. 

The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake offers more headroom in the rear and front in comparison to the standard model. There's 565 litres of bootspace, which is a touch more than the standard car's 563 litres, but when you fold all the seats down, 1 632 litres is available, which is more than the 1 557 litres than the standard car. 

Volkswagen is also introducing an eHybrid powertrain for the Arteon. The plug-in hybrid Arteon eHybrid and Arteon Shooting eHybrid will be able to travel some distance on pure electric power. Petrolheads must surely be excited by the news of the Volkswagen Arteon R. While actual power and performance figures were not supplied with the release, online pundits have been throwing 235 kW about, which sounds about right if Volkswagen has opted for the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol motor. Volkswagen has confirmed the introduction of something called R-Performance Torque Vectoring, which should make handling more entertaining.

Naturally, safety and tech systems have improved in the new model and Volkswagen claims the new Arteon range benefits from a system that allows partly automated driving. Other notable safety features include the adaptive cruise control, lane assist, emergency autonomous braking, plus the rearview reverse camera has been enhanced.

Inside, the Volkswagen Arteon range gets a redesigned cockpit environment and there's now wireless integration of apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 700 watt high-end sound system from harman/kardon made specifically for the Arteon range is available. 

We'll have more information on the new Volkswagen Arteon range as more information comes to light. In the meantime, feast your eyes upon the extraordinary design!

Further Reading

Volkswagen Teases Updated Arteon

Spy Shots: 2021 Volkswagen Arteon R

Volkswagen Arteon (2018) Video Review

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI R-Line (2018) Quick Review

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