Don't Call It a CComeback: Volkswagen Arteon Debuts

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

Volkswagen has revealed important details about the Arteon ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, where it will make its public debut.

With up to 276 horsepower, a sloping roofline and gesture controls, VW is throwing its hat into the grand coupe ring.

“The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback,” says Klaus Bischoff, VW’s head designer. “It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike.”

Six engines are on offer for the European spec Arteon, three TDI diesels and three gas-powered TSIs. The 2.0-liter TDI engines, offering 148, 188, and 236 hp are unlikely to find their way over to our shores, but the 2.0-liter TSI engines offering 188 and 276 hp probably will. Meanwhile, the sixth engine, a 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine offering 148 hp, is also unlikely to come to North America.

Six and seven-speed gearboxes are available, with the bigger output engines coming standard with the seven-speed DSG automatic. 4Motion is standard on the biggest TSI and TDI engines and available on the 188-hp TDI engine. According to European fuel ratings, the 276 hp TSI will get 25.6 mpg city and 38.6 mpg highway, for a combined 32.2 mpg.

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With a 111.9-inch wheelbase (that’s one inch longer than the A5 Sportback and 3 inches longer than the CC) the Arteon has short overhangs and ample room inside. Luggage capacity goes from 19.9 cubic feet with the back seats up to 55 cubic feet with them down.

The Arteon will also feature a suite of VW’s latest infotainment technology. With an available 9.2-inch glass screen in the center console, gesture controls, VW’s new digital dash, and a heads up display, the Arteon will be every bit the luxury car it needs to be.

Speaking of luxury, the Arteon comes with available contrast stitching and Alcantara/”Vienna” leather seats. Outside, it features standard 18-inch Muscat wheels and standard LED headlights and tail lights.

The Arteon, which will replace the CC, is set to go on sale in June in Germany. No announcements have been made about when it will go on sale in North America, but it has been confirmed to come stateside. No prices have been mentioned either, but VW promises that it will be priced “attractively.” We’ll have more information when it becomes available.

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  • Jack Woodburn Jack Woodburn on Mar 07, 2017

    276 HP is very meager and the styling inside and out is hardly distinctive for a premium grand touring sedan. It will sorta flop like VW's last two efforts in this segment.