2019 Volkswagen Arteon Makes U.S. Debut
Volkswagen debuted the 2019 Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show as a replacement for the VW CC. Positioned as a new brand halo, the Arteon offers the interior space of a midsize sedan, but with premium coupe-like looks.
Built on VW’s MQB modular platform, the Arteon sports a fastback design, premium interior attributes, ample technology and is available with 4Motion all-wheel drive. VW describes the design as “more cab-backward” in profile with a steeply raked roofline that incorporates a rear hatch. The long nose, short front and rear overhangs along with muscular fenders give it a different proportion and more interior room than the CC.
The Arteon, expected in U.S. showrooms in the third quarter of 2018, has a strong, wide stance. Longer and wider than the CC, the Arteon adds more than 5 inches to its wheelbase. The nose of this 4-door liftback features a large, chrome grille and standard LED headlights. The car rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while 19-inch rims are an upgrade. Arteon’s rear features LED taillights, rear decklid spoiler and two trapezoidal exhaust tips.
“The Arteon is Volkswagen’s brand shaper,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North American Region. “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 powered by a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine generating 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, an improvement over the 200-horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque delivered now in the CC’s 4-cylinder. A Start-Stop system is standard to boost fuel economy, though estimates were not released. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The sporty and refined interior features premium materials and includes heated front seats with leatherette surfaces. Keyless access and push-button start come standard, as does an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Available options include ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, Nappa leather seating, heated rear seats, panoramic sunroof, power trunk and VW Digital Cockpit, a reconfigurable display of key data and navigation, also are available extras.
On the safety front, Arteon comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking and a blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert. Available driver assist technology on the 2019 Arteon include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane assist, park distance control, park assist, and an overhead camera view.
Pricing for the 2019 Arteon was not released. The car will be available in SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims. The 2017 VW CC starts at just above $35,000, including destination.