The Volkswagen Arteon luxury car will arrive in Australia this November - shortly after its world premiere - as the company's new flagship passenger car, part of its push into the premium part of the market.
The spiritual successor to the CC takes the MQB architecture of the Passat but replaces the safe sedan/wagon design with a more daring, lean look that bears more than a passing resemblance (from some angles) to the Audi A5. It's also 50mm longer in the wheelbase.
Australia will get one variant only, with the 206TSI turbo-petrol engine and 4Motion AWD drivetrain, and come loaded with equipment. The price will be $65,490 before on-roads, pitting it against vehicles such as the smaller Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
This compares to $59,990 for the flagship Passat 206TSI wagon.
What we've already reported:
Headlining equipment will include a brand-first head-up display (HUD), an ‘Area View’ surround camera system, dynamic light assist, dynamic indicators, ambient interior lighting with three colour choices, frameless side windows, heated rear seats (outward), and 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloy wheels.
The Arteon will also debut the company’s proactive occupant protection system, which uses the blind-spot monitoring sensors to detect imminent risks from behind the vehicle (when moving or stationary), and if so turns on the hazard warning lights and closes all window and sunroof openings. The seatbelt tensioners also pull the belts taut.
Volkswagen’s flagship fastback will also be the first model offered with Emergency Assist 2, which acts in conjunction with adaptive cruise control and lane assist functions if the driver takes their hands off the wheel for too long – particularly when suffering a sudden medical condition like a seizure or stroke.
If the driver doesn’t respond to the various gongs and brake jolts following the hands-off warning, the vehicle will activate the hazard warning lights and slowly move over to the emergency lane to bring the vehicle safely to a stop.
Other unique features include frameless side windows, liftback tailgate (with 563-litre boot), and a 50mm longer wheelbase than the standard Passat. The Arteon’s overall length also adds 95mm over its Passat sibling.
Volkswagen has confirmed the Arteon 206TSI Highline will come standard with the 12.3-inch Active Info digital driver’s cluster, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), side assist, rear cross traffic alert, park assist, adaptive chassis control, selectable driving modes, power folding door mirrors, driver’s memory function for the electrically-adjustable front seats, the 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system with gesture control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless access with push-button start, along with keyless entry and push-button start.
The Arteon will also be equipped with LED headlights with dynamic light assist, R-Line body kit and badging, high-gloss black rear spoiler, titanium black headliner, and R-Line black carbon-look Nappa leather upholstery.
Under the bonnet is the same 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine seen in the related Passat and Skoda Superb – with peak torque arriving between 1700 and 5600rpm.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via the company’s front-biased 4Motion all-wheel drive system via a new seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission (DQ381). Volkswagen claims the Arteon 206TSI can sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds.
Despite the already-comprehensive equipment list, optional equipment includes a panoramic glass sunroof, a Dynaudio premium sound system, and 20-inch ‘Rosario’ alloy wheels (pictured).
Additionally, the Arteon will be available with one solid exterior paint (Pure White), five cost-option metallic colours (Pyrit Silver, Manganese Grey, Turmeric Yellow, Chilli Red (pictured) and Atlantic Blue, along with an optional pearl hue (Deep Black).