Future Models - Volkswagen 2017 Arteon
Geneva show: VW reveals CC-replacing Arteon
Art class: The Volkswagen Arteon sports a striking new front fascia that separates it from its mechanically-related Passat sibling.
Volkswagen’s range-topping 206kW Arteon arriving in October
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7 March 2017
VOLKSWAGEN has used the Geneva motor show to take the covers off its new Arteon
liftback sedan, which will replace the retired CC and become the halo model of
the Volkswagen Passenger range when it arrives Down Under in October.
Based on the Passat sedan, the Arteon will be offered in a single variant
sporting the 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine from the
top-spec Passat, with power being sent to all four wheels via a six-speed DSG
It will be available in R-Line and Elegance levels of trim, but it is unknown
at this stage if one or both of these versions will make it to Australian.
Visually, the Arteon has undergone significant changes over the CC, which was
last updated in 2012 before eventually being dropped from the German brand's
local line-up late last year.
Much of the liftback's styling is borrowed from the Sport Coupe Concept GTE
shown at the 2015 Geneva show, retaining its sweeping headlights, overhanging
bonnet and broad grille.
The headlight cluster, which includes LED headlights and daytime running
lights, incorporates a two-part design that flows into the long, horizontal bar
grille and extends almost to the front wheel arches.
The bonnet on the Arteon is one of the largest in the Volkswagen stable,
extending from the side to near the wheel arches, before hanging forwards into
the grille and headlight cluster – with the look further accentuated by the
rounded ‘V’ shape of the grille.
Muscular lower air intakes on the R-Line help give it a more sporty look, while
the Elegance sticks with a more conventional singular lower air intake.
The Arteon’s profile gives it the look of a four-door coupe, with a sloping
roofline that extends from the B-pillar down to the boot, which is finished
with a lip spoiler.
Wheel options are likely to be a choice between either 19- or 20-inch alloys.
Tail-light design is similar to the Passat but with a longer, more swooping
look that wraps around the rear of the car towards its wheels.
A pair of long, flat exhaust pipes are also carried over from the Passat.
Opening the tailgate reveals a boot with 563 litres of luggage space, which can
be extended to 1557L when the rear seats are folded.
Inside the cabin, the interior layout is typically Volkswagen – the steering
wheel, centre console and dashboard are very similar to the platform-sharing
Highlights include an optional Active Info digital instrument cluster display,
a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display with gesture control, a
dashboard-encompassing air vent, and lower trim that is offered in wood for the
Elegance or aluminium in the R-Line.
There are three colour combinations for the interior – black, dark grey and
dark/light grey – and given the Australia-bound Arteon will be top-spec only,
it will likely eschew the cloth interior of lower-spec models and instead be
clad exclusively in leather and Alcantara.
Driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control, emergency assist,
lane departure warning, cornering LED headlights, front and rear sensors, side
assist and traffic sign recognition that alerts the driver if they are
travelling faster than the speed limit.
Given its position at the top of the Volkswagen passenger range, the Arteon is
likely to be priced above the Passat 206TSI R-Line wagon which retails from
$59,990 before on-roads.
More information on exact Australian pricing and specification will be released
closer to its arrival in October.