2019 VW Arteon Gran Turismo: Volkswagen’s new flagship
Volkswagen introduced a new range topping liftback sedan in the form of the 2019 VW Arteon Gran Turismo at the Geneva Motor Show. Set to replace the current CC, the new 5-passenger model is positioned above the midsize Passat in the lineup with sports coupe-like styling and the functionality of a four door and a hatchback.
“The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept,” said Tobias Sühlman, exterior designer of the car. “Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans.”
Long wheelbase, short overhangs
The sporty look is enhanced by the long 111.9-inch wheelbase with relatively short overhangs on an overall length of 191.4 inches. This generous space between the axles provides both a roomy cabin and a comfortable ride. The rear cargo area offers 19.9 cubic feet of storage, which can be expanded to 55.0 cubic feet when the rear seat is lowered.
Offered in front-drive or all-wheel drive 4Motion, the Arteon will be introduced with a family of six engines offering output from 148 to 276 horsepower. These 4-cylinder engines displacing 1.5 and 2.0 liters include both gasoline and diesel power, the latter intended primarily for Europe. A choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions will be offered.
High level of standard equipment
Based on the Sport Coupe Concept GTE shown two years ago at Geneva, the Arteon boasts a host of driver assists, high tech digital displays and standard LED lighting. Among the driver assists are adaptive cruise control, a dynamic cornering light system that uses the car’s GPS to predict when a curve is approaching and begins to light it even before the driver turns into it, and an emergency assist system that actively slows the car down and steers it to the side of the lane if the driver becomes incapacitated.
Other standard features include alloy wheels, keyless start, a premium 8-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, 6-way power seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. Arteon will also be available in upscale Elegance and sporty R-Line trim levels, as well as with the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch screen and gesture control. The car, which is built in Germany, is set to go on sale in Europe this June. Plans for U.S. sales and pricing will be announced later but it is expected to arrive here as a 2019 model.