The Volkswagen Arteon has been on sale overseas for some time – in fact, our colleagues at Motor1-UK already drove it – but the midsize sedan makes its U.S. debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Set to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, the Arteon is a more spacious, more modern replacement for the erstwhile VW CC.
Based on the MQB modular platform also used for cars like the Golf, Tiguan, and the new Jetta, the Arteon is a midsize sedan with a four-door coupe-like roofline. Like the CC before it, think of the Arteon as a sleeker, more design-focused alternative to the staid Passat sedan.
But where the CC could feel cramped, the Arteon has a more than five-inch longer wheelbase, and is longer and wider, to give it more space, even though the shorter overhangs add to the sensation of sportiness. Like the new Jetta, its bodywork has nary a flat panel, with strong creases and lines giving the car a very modern appearance. Standard design flair includes coupe-like frameless windows, 18-inch wheels (19s are optional), LED lighting front and rear, chrome window trim, and a subtle trunklid spoiler.
The inside of the Arteon is similarly design-focused, with metal trim, an optional full-color digital instrument cluster, and a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support. Push-button start, heated leatherette seats, a backup camera, pre-collision braking, and blind-spot warning are standard. The impressive options list includes cooled seats, a massaging driver’s seat, Nappa leather, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, a kick-to-open trunk, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, a 360-degree camera, and self-parking.
Underhood, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and engine stop-start are standard. Buyers can also option 4Motion all-wheel drive. As to handling and comfort, adaptive suspension comes standard.
When it reaches showrooms later this year, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be offered in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels. Pricing will be announced later.
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ALL-NEW 2019 VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
The all-new Volkswagen brand halo has the space of a mid-sized sedan married to the sleek design of a premium coupe, as well as innovative technology and driver assistance features
- Standard features include: 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED headlights, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC® adaptive damping
Chicago, IL – Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., unveiled the all-new 2019 Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show. Based off the award-winning MQB platform, the newest Volkswagen flagship offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, innovative technology, and available 4Motion® all-wheel drive.
“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 about the price of a fully loaded midsize sedan.”
- Arteon is based off the award-winning MQB architecture
- Arteon features a wide, planted stance, short overhangs, and sleek coupe-like design
- Upscale interior features premium materials and modern design
- 268 hp 2.0-liter TSI® engine is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and
optional 4Motion® all-wheel drive
- Available premium features include: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, massaging driver’s seat, and Dynaudio® premium audio
- Available driver assistance technology includes: Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Distance Control, Park Assist, and Area View
- Class leading 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper, transferable Limited WarrantyThe Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, which allows for a more cab-backward design, giving Arteon a completely different look than the outgoing CC. Arteon’s wheelbase is more than 5 inches longer than the CC—111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches—and is paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. Arteon is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space.
The exterior design immediately sets Arteon apart from its competitors. A true fastback, it harkens more to luxury models with its wide, planted stance and sloping rear roofline. Arteon’s sleek lines are accentuated by standard LED headlights and taillights, a wide chrome grille and frameless side windows. Dual trapezoidal exhaust tips, chrome window surrounds and a rear decklid spoiler all add to the premium feel. Arteon rides on standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with available 19-inch wheels.
Arteon’s refined interior combines high-tech features with everyday usability. Premium materials throughout and trapezoidal design elements give the vehicle an upscale, yet modern feel. The 2019 Arteon sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces as standard, and offers available ventilated front seats, massaging driver’s seat, driver memory, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and heated rear seats.
Standard features include KESSY keyless access and push-button start, 3-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and MirrorLink®.
The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. Other available features include Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services; Dynaudio® premium audio; a panoramic sunroof; and a power trunk with Easy Open and Close, which allows drivers to walk up to the vehicle with keys in a pocket or purse and simply kick a foot under the rear bumper to pop the trunklid—closing the trunk only requires a touch of the button.
The Arteon’s technology offerings extend beyond the cabin to include a comprehensive suite of available driver assistance technology. A rearview camera is standard, along with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist); High Beam Control (Light Assist); Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) including Park Distance Control; and Overhead View Camera (Area View).
In addition, the 2019 Arteon offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. These systems include the class-exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and a reactive hood.
The new Arteon will be powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard
eight-speed automatic transmission; 4Motion® all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. Arteon features a standard DCC® adaptive damping system, which manages the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle dynamics, and a standard Start-Stop system designed to help improve fuel efficiency.
Every Arteon model will come with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the third quarter of 2018.