Facelifted large sedan and wagon here in the coming months with more standard kit, a choice of engines and a slick wagon body style.
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  • 2022 Volkswagen Arteon pricing and specification
  • New large car here with a choice of two engines, minimal options
  • Shooting Brake wagon joins liftback for the first time
  • Prices start from $59,990 before on-road costs

The facelifted 2022 Volkswagen Arteon will offer a choice of engines and a new Shooting Brake wagon body style for the first time when it reaches local showrooms early in the fourth quarter of this year (October).

Pricing for the updated Arteon range – which has been out of Volkswagen Australia showrooms since late 2019, largely due to WLTP certification delays, and gaps in Australia's production schedule – spans from $59,990 before on-road costs for the new, entry-level 140TSI Elegance, to $68,990 before on-road costs for the flagship Shooting Brake 206TSI R-Line.

Alongside refreshed exterior styling, an updated infotainment system (with new touch controls) and the introduction of semi-autonomous Travel Assist technology, the facelifted Arteon heralds the arrival of a Shooting Brake wagon body style, joining the existing five-door liftback shape.

Replacing the liftback's sloping roofline from the B-pillar back with a longer roof and wide rear haunches, Volkswagen claims 565 litres of boot space with the second row in place, expanding to 1632 litres with it folded – up 3 and 75 litres respectively (largely given boot capacity measurements are only calculated up to the window line).

Sadly, the high-performance Arteon R offered in Europe won't be available in Australia, the brand citing its niche positioning in the marketplace. Customers keen on a fast, practical Volkswagen will soon be able to select from a family of new R models due in 2022, spanning Golf hatch and wagon, Tiguan and T-Roc model lines.

Opening the range is the Arteon 140TSI Elegance, priced from $59,990 before on-road costs in liftback guise, or $61,990 before on-road costs in wagon form.

Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with the related Passat, sending 140kW and 320Nm to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Above: Volkswagen Arteon R-Line interior.

Standard equipment across both body styles includes a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation and digital radio, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 19-inch alloy wheels (with a full-size spare), matrix LED headlights, LED tail-lights, nappa leather upholstery, and 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation, and driver massaging and memory.

There's also a power tailgate, adaptive dampers, tri-zone climate control, 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, 30-colour ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, 700-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, power-folding side mirrors with memory, and puddle light projection.

Interestingly, while liftback models feature AM and FM radio, wagons only score support for FM bands.

Above: Volkswagen Arteon Elegance UK-spec interior

A full suite of active safety features comes standard, including Volkswagen's new Travel Assist feature, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane-centring assist to accelerate, brake and steer the Arteon within its lane at speeds up to 210km/h, enabling semi-autonomous (albeit supervised) driving.

It's joined by autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, semi-autonomous parking, proactive occupant protection, driver fatigue monitoring and emergency assist.

Sitting atop the Australian range – given the halo Arteon R isn't available locally – is the Arteon 206TSI R-Line, priced from $66,990 before on-road costs in liftback guise, or $68,990 before on-road costs as a wagon.

Powering the range-topper is an uprated 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder carried over from the pre-facelift Arteon, sending 206kW and 350Nm to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen claims a 5.6-second 0-100km/h dash for the liftback.

Additional equipment over the 140TSI Elegance includes an R-Line exterior styling package, sports seats with R embossing, R-Line-specific nappa leather trim, R-Line sports steering wheel, black headlining, 20-inch 'Nashville' alloy wheels, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with heating (but no ventilation), massaging and memory functions for the driver's seat, and R-Line sill plates.

The sole equipment option across the range is a panoramic sunroof, priced from $2000 for liftback and wagon models.

Standard no-cost colour choices include Kings Red Metallic, Pyrite Silver Metallic, Manganese Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Kingfisher Blue Metallic (140TSI Elegance only), and Lapiz Blue Metallic (R-Line only). Oryx White Pearlescent commands an additional $800.

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will go on sale in Australia early in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October).

2021 Volkswagen Arteon Australian pricing

  • Arteon 140TSI Elegance liftback – $59,990
  • Arteon Shooting Brake 140TSI Elegance wagon – $61,990
  • Arteon 206TSI R-Line liftback – $66,990
  • Arteon Shooting Brake 206TSI R-Line wagon – $68,990

Note: All prices listed above exclude on-road costs.