The Volkswagen Arteon is a car manufactured by German car manufacturer Volkswagen. Described as a large family car or a mid-size car, it is available in five-door liftback or estate body styles. The Arteon was unveiled on 6 March 2017, at the Geneva Motor Show, and at the Chicago Auto Show for the North American market. It is direct successor to the CC; however, Volkswagen announced that the Arteon is positioned to be more upmarket than the CC. The vehicle is based on the MQB platform.
Launched in Europe in 2017, the Arteon is positioned above the Passat, and is heavily based on the 2015 Volkswagen Arteon concept car shown at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Arteon made its debut for the United States at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen delayed the launch in the United States of the Arteon due to unspecified issues with the emissions testing. Vehicles started arriving at dealerships in the US in April 2019. It became available in the Canadian market in the spring of 2019. The Arteon had multiple delays for Malaysia, only arriving to the market in August 2020. Less than a year later, in July 2021, the facelifted model was launched. However, it will be discontinued for the Canadian market after the 2021 model year due to poor sales.
In 2020, the Arteon was given a facelift. A new shooting brake body style and plug-in hybrid and performance Volkswagen R variants were launched. The facelift included a new 10.25 in (26 cm) digital instrument panel in front of the driver, and an 8.0 in (20 cm) or 9.2 in (23 cm) infotainment touchscreen.
In 2020, a five-door station wagon variant, known as the Arteon Shooting Brake, was launched.
The Arteon R performance variant, launched in 2020, features Volkswagen's 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 316 bhp (236 kW; 320 PS) and 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft). It will be available only in four-wheel drive through a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Its 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time is approximately five seconds. The Arteon R is available in both liftback and shooting-brake variants.
In 2020, a plug-in hybrid of both the Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake was launched, known as the eHybrid. Available with only the 1.4L petrol engine, it offers an electric-only range of 34 miles, and a combined output of 215 bhp.
Volkswagen CC post-facelift styling (China)
Arteon Shooting Brake
Volkswagen CC Shooting Brake (China)
The Arteon is built in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany. A version for the Chinese market, called the CC, is built in Changchun, China. It is also assembled in Pekan, Malaysia. The Arteon is based on Volkswagen's modular MQB platform.
In Europe, the Arteon initially featured three turbo direct injection engines at launch: a 2.0L 280PS TSI petrol engine and two diesel engines with 150PS and 240PS. Three additional engines were introduced shortly after, the 1.5L TSI Evo petrol engine with 150PS, as well a petrol and a diesel engine, both with 190PS.
In the United States, it was available in three trims — SE, SEL, and Premium — with one engine: all Arteons of 2019 will have Volkswagen's workhorse 2.0 litre turbo four, tuned to produce 268 hp and 258 lb ft of torque. Power is managed by an eight speed automatic transmission, with the choice of front or all wheel drive.
For the 2022 US-model, the Arteon got a powertrain upgrade which increased the power from 268 hp to 300 hp. In addition the 8-speed TipTronic-style automatic transmission has been upgraded to a 7-speed DSG transmission.
The Arteon can be fitted with an optional safety system called Emergency Assist 2.0, and it takes advantage of four existing Volkswagen safety programs: Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist, Lane Assist and Park Assist. The Arteon will notice if a driver has not touched the accelerator, brakes or steering wheel for a certain length of time, and it will attempt to alert the person with sounds, visual cues and even a physical brake tap. If that does not work, Emergency Assist 2.0 takes over: the car's hazard lights switch on and it steers itself to a safe nearside lane. The system uses Lane Assist to recognize lines on the road and Park Assist to actually steer the car. Radar detection via Adaptive Cruise Control and Side Assist helps ensure the Arteon will not hit any other vehicles.
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