Volkswagen has previewed its new 2021 Arteon update, confirming a Shooting Brake (these days a wagon design with a low, tapered roofline) variant will join the four-door liftback when the line-up is revealed on June 24.
While the Australian future for the Shooting Brake remains unclear, Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the liftback will grace Australian showrooms.
“Arteon will return in a familiar form in early 2021,” a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice. “We’re interested in any available variants."
Teased in new images released by the brand, the four-door liftback and Shooting Brake are shown wearing revised headlight and bumper styling.
The Shooting Brake also has an R badge with more aggressive styling, confirming the next-generation Arteon will get a performance R guise.
Volkswagen says the 2021 Arteon will get an entirely new “cockpit environment” with the brand’s latest MIB3 infotainment system.
While powertrains are unannounced, Volkswagen says “the drive range has been re-aligned”, hinting that the Arteon may receive some form of electrification as part of the Volkswagen’s goal to sell a million electric vehicles by 2023.
Above: Arteon wagon spotted in China
The Arteon Shooting Brake was first discussed in 2017 when Volkswagen’s Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz said the model was not only of interest, but that plans were underway.
A wagon-styled Arteon was spied in China earlier this year, giving a look at what the production-ready Shooting Brake may look like.