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Juliet McGuire

Introducing the new Volkswagen Arteon

Don’t you just love a completely new model?! I know I do. It is why I was very sad to miss this launch, but it is only because I had already accepted another launch invite (you will see which model that is later this week). The Volkswagen Arteon…wait before we move on, any ideas how to say that name? Put emphasis on the first syllable and you’ll nail it. The name Arteon is based on two component parts: ‘Art’ describes the fastback’s harmonious lines and emotionality, and ‘eon’ identifies it as a premium model. As you can probably tell, I copied that directly from the press release and I am as confused as you are. Let’s just look at another pic of it rather:

Volkswagen Arteon

Anyhoozal, back to the actual car. This new Arteon replaces the outgoing Passat CC and as a business class sedan, it will compete with the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. This five-door, five seater fastback will be offered in three derivatives.

Engines available include the 2.0 TDI which produces 130 kW and 350 N.m with a fuel consumption of 5.6l/100km. And the 2.0 TSI will give you 206 kW and 350 N.m of torque and of course a heavier thirst at 7.3l/100km. But it will get you to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds.

Regarding standard spec, check it out:

The Arteon Elegance has the standard specifications:

Exterior:

  • Chrome wing mirror caps
  • LED tail lights with dynamic indicator light function
  • 18-inch ‘Muscat’ alloy wheels
  • Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Chrome strips on side windows
  • LED tail lights
  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Alloy wheels (from 18-inch)
  • Keyless Go locking system

Interior:

  • Aluminium pedals
  • Instruments, dashboard and door panels with individualised look and trim in brushed alluminium
  • Contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats
  • Seat covers in Nappa leather
  • Stainless steel door tread plates, front and rear
  • Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, AUX-IN and USB (Apple-compatible)
  • 3-zone electronically controlled air conditioning system
  • Multifunction steering wheel in leather (with shift paddles on DSG models)
  • Driver Alert System
  • Progressive steering
The Arteon R-Line, in addition, includes the following features:

Exterior

  • ‘C’-signature of the front air intakes in high-gloss black
  • 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloy wheels
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Unique R-Line bumpers
  • Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
  • Chrome-plated exhaust system tailpipes
  • Black boot lid spoiler
  • Privacy glass
  • Power folding mirrors

Interior

  • Leather sports multi-function steering wheel in R-Line design
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Roof liner in ‘Titanium Black’
  • Stainless steel door tread plates front and rear with R-Line logo on front plates
  • Nappa Leather/Carbon Style seats with R-Line logo
  • Front seat heating

PRICING FOR THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON

2.0 TDI 130 kW Elegance DSG R599 900
2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG R649 900
2.0 TSI 206 kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG  R699 900

As soon as I get a chance to drive the new Volkswagen Arteon I will give you my very informed, wise opinion of it.

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