It was only last week when Volkswagen announced the CC’s demise and now the peeps from Wolfsburg are providing an early look at its successor. The new generation is bringing a name change as VW has decided to drop the “CC” moniker and replace it with “Arteon.” If you’re wondering about the word’s meaning, it comes from a combination of “art” and “eon,” with the latter denoting it’s the company’s top-spec model, much like the Phideon is in China.
Already looking quite stylish, the Arteon will take the shape of a four-door fastback with frameless windows and is going to be positioned above the Passat in VW’s lineup. The production car was actually previewed last year at the Geneva Motor Show by the sleek Sport Coupe Concept GTE pictured above, and since then many spy images have emerged with camouflaged prototypes suggesting there are going to be a lot of similarities between the two.
There are also several unofficial renders based on an unreleased VW firmware of an infotainment system providing a good look at both the exterior and interior of the Arteon. Keep in mind these are not entirely accurate, but the images should manage to paint a picture of the real deal.
Much like the now defunct CC, the Arteon will basically be a more attractive Passat with a sloped roofline to create a more coupe-like profile. There is going to be one big difference between the old one and the new rebranded model, as at the back it will gain a more practical top-hinged tailgate providing access to what is being described as a “huge boot.”
Since it will be positioned above the regular Passat, the Arteon will cost more and will likely have a more upmarket cabin with better materials and more goodies. The engines and gearboxes will be essentially carried over from the Passat, and most likely VW will decide to go only with the top-spec units.
Following its premiere in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show, the VW Arteon will go on sale in the summer.
Gallery: 2018 Volkswagen CC spy photos
New premium fastback combines avant-garde design and dynamic handling
- Four-door fastback implements new progressive Volkswagen design language
- Headlights and Volkswagen emblem merge into a wholly new interpretation of the front section
Three months ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is providing a first look at the fascinating contours of its new top model, the Arteon. The totally new developed model is positioned above the Passat and emphasises emotionality in the upper mid-class.
In addition to a new and very emotive outline, Volkswagen is also introducing with the Arteon a highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look. The bars of the radiator grille extend here into the three-dimensional front headlights, while LED lighting elements additionally emphasise the striking layout and demonstrate dominance.
The four-door fastback impresses both through revolutionary design and great practical value in use. While the doors' frameless windows reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer, the top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate provides optimum access to the huge boot. Tobias Sühlmann, Volkswagen Exterior Designer, explains: "At first sight, the Arteon arouses enthusiasm through its expressive design. It then surprises through its practical virtues. This combination is unique!"
The name Arteon – with the emphasis put on the first syllable – is made up of two component parts: 'Art' describes the fastback's harmonious lines and emotionality. The ending 'eon' identifies it, in the same way as Volkswagen's top model for the Chinese market, the Phideon, as a premium model.
The new Arteon is being publicly unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show; its launch will then follow in summer 2017.