If Volkswagen is slowly crawling its way out of the Dieselgate dog box then it has gained some serious ground with the unveiling of their new Arteon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Built to succeed the Passat CC – or CC depending on which market you find yourself in – the Arteon is a four-door fastback that supposedly weds sporty dynamics with everyday practicality.
“The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept,”says exterior designer, Tobias Sühlmann. “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.”
Built on the ubiquitous MQB platform, the Arteon will be available with six turbocharged engines – three petrols and three diesels. Entry-level cars will be front wheel-drive while the range-toppers will benefit from the firm’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Transmission wise you can pick between a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG – depending on the model of course.
Tech? Predictably the Arteon is full of the stuff. Optional highlights include Volkswagen’s excellent Active Info Display, a headup display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control. To keep things competitive in terms of pricing there will be two trim lines offered over and above the base car – Elegance and R-Line. Yet even the entry-level Arteon comes equipped with standard features such as LED headlamps, keyless-go access, power seats plus a Composition Media infotainment system with eight loudspeakers.
We were a big fan of the CC so we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this striking Volkswagen newbie. – Thomas Falkiner