He added that the shooting brake wagon "needs a business case, but it looks quite good". Licharz cautioned that the company would wait until it could gauge market reaction to the Arteon sedan before making a final decision on the wagon.
The Volkswagen Arteon is 'coupe' sedan is due to be unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show in March. According to the company's local arm, the Arteon will be launched in Australia around October 2017.
Above: Leaked render of the Volkswagen Arteon.
When it hits the market, the Arteon will serve as a replacement for the CC — originally the Passat CC — that's been available across the world since 2008.
So far the company has only issued one sketch of the Arteon (top), which seems to draw heavily upon the 2015 Sport Coupe Concept GTE.
Under the skin, the Arteon will be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture for transverse engine, front- and all-wheel drive cars.
Compared to those two models, the Arteon will be positioned as a sportier and more expressive alternative.
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