2019 Volkswagen Arteon Finally Makes its US Debut


Volkswagen‘s new flagship will go on sale starting in the third quarter of 2018.

Originally introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen confirmed earlier this year in Detroit that the Arteon would head to the U.S. with a Chicago Auto Show debut. That unveiling how now taken place, with the Arteon powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant is paired to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, while 4Motion all-wheel drive is available as an option.

The stylish sedan rides on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture and boasts a wide, planted stance with short overhangs and a coupe-like design. It will come standard with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED headlights, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC adaptive damping.

2018 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

Available premium features on the Arteon include Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, massaging driver’s seat, and Dynaudio premium audio. Buyers can also choose from a variety of available driver assistance technologies, such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Distance Control, Park Assist, and Area View.

Essentially replacing the outgoing Volkswagen CC, the Arteon’s wheelbase is over five inches longer, resulting in more interior space. Premium materials are used throughout the cabin, while trapezoidal design elements give it a more upscale feel. Standard for the interior are sports heated front seats with leatherette surfaces, while ventilated front seats, massaging driver’s seat, driver memory, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and heated rear seats are all available as an option.

Every 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will come with a six-year, or 72,000-mile warranty, which can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.

Look for pricing information to be released closer to the vehicle’s launch in the third quarter of 2018, but Volkswagen did confirm it will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels.

“The Arteon is Volkswagen’s brand shaper,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen. “This car is the spiritual successor to the CC, but it is bolder and faster. Arteon has the style and performance of a luxury Gran Turismo for aboutthe price of a fully loaded midsize sedan.”

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