An upcoming wagonised version of the Volkswagen Arteon liftback, which an executive has previously referred to as a 'shooting brake' design, is on the wishlist for the company's Australian arm.
The long-roofed Arteon was first referenced in a 2017 interview, when executive Dr Elmar-Marius Licharz revealed that not only was the design of interest, but that plans were underway.
The model appears to have made its way through the gauntlet of product approval, with leaked factory photos earlier this month revealing the Arteon wagon in what looks to be production-ready form.
Above and top of article: images taken from @liucunyi on Instagram.
Spied in China, where the Arteon is still known by its predecessor's name 'CC', this new model is rumoured to be dubbed CC Travel Edition.
The example shown in the leaked images features the type of plastic cladding and tall ride height normally given to models like the Passat Alltrack, so it remains to be seen if the new model's purpose will be to capture more global SUV buyer interest rather than the ever dwindling number of wagon fans – mostly reserved for the European market.
Of course, availability outside of China is still to be confirmed, and it may be that western-market models would either mirror this specification or lean to the more sporting low-down look.
Above: an artist's rendering of the new model, based on the leaked photos.
Will the Arteon Shooting Brake come to Australia?
While the temporarily absent Arteon liftback is due to return to Australia later this year, the new wagon has yet to be given a proper unveiling – so, not surprisingly, official comment falls into the 'no comment' category.
However, a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice today: "If such a thing were to be made available, it would certainly be of interest to us in Australia".
To the company's credit, it has so far satisfied fans of the wagon shape with the Passat (which returned again this month in sedan and wagon form) and the Golf wagon (including the hero Golf R), along with the Skoda Superb, Octavia and Fabia.