Your First Look at Volkswagen’s Next Top Model

Your First Look at Volkswagen’s Next Top Model

Volkswagen is taking a break from its focus on SUVs to debut a new “top model,” a big four-door that will be called the Volkswagen Arteon.

The manufacturer has revealed design sketches of the new premium fastback ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.

The Arteon is positioned above the Passat in the VW range and its name is designed to place it alongside the Phideon, Volkswagen’s premium sedan for the Chinese market.

Likely to replace the CC, assembly of which has now reportedly stopped, this new model looks awfully similar to the Sport Coupe GTE concept that was unveiled in Geneva in 2015.

The Sport Coupe GTE was based on the MQB platform and powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine supplemented by two electric motors, kicking out a combined 374 hp.

Just how the Arteon will produce its power remains to be seen, but a plug-in hybrid would jive perfectly with Volkswagen’s post-TDI scandal plans and luckily, VW expressed a desire to bring the car based on the Sport Coupe GTE concept to America.

The Arteon is expected to launch in the summer of 2017.

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  • Jasper

    Looks great!

  • nauticalone

    Yes! Looks very good. I think the innermost line on the hood would be better if eliminated though – just leave the outer lines and so a more elegant (less fussy) design. But beautiful overall!

  • windel Vernon

    I totally agree. The inner lines on the hood seem unnecessary. Otherwise the body is beautifully un-Volkswagen.

  • Skye