Volkswagen Arteon Revealed [with Video]

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Volkswagen has officially taken the wraps off of its new luxury gran turismo (grand tourer). Meet the Volkswagen Arteon, which is positioned above the Passat and replaces the outgoing CC model.

The Volkswagen Arteon comes to market as a 5-door fastback, brimming with the latest technology and premium design. Built on the MQB platform that underpins a host of Audi and Volkswagen products, the Arteon features a long wheelbase and is fairly wide, which presupposes excellent interior space. At 4 862 mm long and 1 871 mm wide, the Arteon is sizeable. Boot space is claimed to sit at 563 litres and can be expanded to 1 557 litres. 

Its front-end design is arguably the newcomer's biggest talking point. With a long bonnet, striking daytime running lights and LED headlights, there'll be no mistaking the Arteon for anything else. The flared wheel arches can accommodate wheels of up to 20-inch alloys. 

The Volkswagen Arteon sits above the Passat and will be manufactured at Volkswagen's plant in Emden, Germany. The vehicle launches in mid-June in the German market and has been confirmed for the South African market introduction.  There are 6 engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations, plus digital displays and controls. Options include Active Info Display (fully digital and programmable instruments), a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.

Overview of petrol engines for the Arteon:

  • 1.5 TSI Evo, 110 kW 6-speed/optional 7-speed DSG (DSG for 1.5 TSI Evo not Germany)
  • 2.0 TSI, 140 kW 7-speed DSG
  • 2.0 TSI, 206 kW 7-speed DSG plus 4MOTION

Overview of turbodiesel engines for the Volkswagen Arteon:

  • 2.0 TDI, 110 kW 6-speed/optional 7-speed DSG
  • 2.0 TDI, 140 kW 6-speed/optional 7-speed DSG / optional 4MOTION
  • 2.0 TDI, 176 kW 7-speed DSG plus 4MOTION

Two Trim Levels

The Volkswagen Arteon gran turismo will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the 'Elegance' and 'R-Line'. Every Volkswagen Arteon model has the following features as standard:

  • Exterior
    • Chrome strips on side windows
    • LED tail lights
    • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
    • Alloy wheels (from 17-inch)
    • Keyless Go locking system
  • Interior
    • Stainless steel door tread plates, front and rear
    • Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, auxiliary and USB inputs (Apple-compatible)
    • Electronically controlled air conditioning system
    • Multifunction steering wheel in leather (with shift paddles on DSG models)
    • Semi-electric (6-way) adjustable front comfort seats
  • Driver assistance and handling systems
    • Driver Alert System
    • Progressive steering

The Volkswagen Arteon Elegance includes the following custom details:

  • Exterior
    • Chrome wing mirror caps
    • LED tail lights with dynamic indicator light function
    • 18-inch "Muscat" alloy wheels
    • Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
    • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Interior
    • Aluminium pedals
    • Instruments, dashboard and door panels with individualised look and trim
    • Contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats
    • Seat covers in alcantara/leather ('Vienna')
    • Front seat heating

The Volkswagen Arteon R-Line includes the following custom details:

  • Exterior
    • C-signature of the front air intakes in high-gloss black
    • Leather sports multifunction steering wheel in R-Line design
    • 18-inch 'Sebring' alloy wheels
    • Heated windscreen washer jets
    • Unique R-Line bumpers
    • Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
    • Chrome-plated exhaust system tailpipes
  • Interior
    • Aluminium pedals
    • Roof liner in "Titan Black"
    • Stainless steel door tread plates front and rear with R-Line logo on front plates
    • Alcantara/leather ("Vienna") seat covers with R-Line logo
    • Unique R-Line steering wheel
    • Front seat heating

View a video of the Volkswagen Arteon below:

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