Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon - replacing the Volkswagen CC - is a stunning example of luxuriousness, we took a look around at Geneva Motor Show 2017.

Volkswagen Arteon

The first thing you’ll notice about the Volkswagen Arteon is that it looks quite similar to the Volkswagen CC. That is, in some parts, quite intentional as this model is being placed directly above the VW Passat in order to replace the CC. The car itself is a five-door, five-seat vehicle with the design of a sports car and the space and elegance of a fastback.

The iconic front design of the car allows the LED headlights to merge with the grille and bonnet in order to form a completely new front end. One that catches your attention from the moment you lay eyes on it. People enter the hall at the event and make a beeline straight for the interesting and unique car, and it is placed front and centre, ready to wow you as you walk past.

The long wheelbase allows for a spacious cabin for driver and passenger comfort, but also brings with it a forgiving and flexible luggage compartment with bootspace that can range from 563 litres to a generous 1,557 litres.

"The Arteon is the new top model of the Volkswagen brand."

Six turbocharged engines will be available on the Arteon from launch (TSI and TDI options will be available), offering a power output range from 150PS to 280PS. The top engines will also come with DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.

The Active Info Display and Discover Pro infotainment system (this is the gesture control infotainment system) are both optional extras, however, so you won’t see them appearing as standard. It’s worth noting, however, that the Arteon looks spectacular with both equipped. It may be worth forking out the extra money needed to add these two popular tech features as they will be one of the biggest talking points in Audi and Volkswagen cars alike for years to come – nobody deploys this technology quite like the German carmakers.

The Arteon also comes with innovative driver assistance systems, the first of which is the latest generation of Adaptive Cruise Control. The new ACC takes in to consideration the speed limit and route information, adjusting the driving style accordingly. Now, thanks to the navigation system’s GPS and road data, the new dynamic cornering lights can predict when a turn is coming up and illuminate it before the driver actually turns in to the bend.

Volkswagen Arteon
Volkswagen Arteon

“The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. An avant-garde business-class gran turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike”, says Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon’s exterior design, explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupé-style fastback design and a large rear hatch, this gran turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional saloons.”

Volkswagen Arteon
Volkswagen Arteon

With “Elegance” and “R-Line” trim levels, you can be sure that there will be plenty of ways to personalise your Arteon when they’re available to order. There is still no word of when this car will come to production and be available to order, and it’s easy to forget that this is still a concept car. We’re hoping for a late 2017 launch, and we hope that the design doesn’t change at all when it comes.

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  • Tim Ridd-Jolly is a writer on the Stable Vehicle Contracts blog.

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