The new Arteon was unveiled to the world’s press for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show yesterday (7 March 2017) while the Tiguan Allspace made its European debut.
The elegant fastback Arteon, which is positioned above the Passat, will set the pace in the premium mid-size class. While the Tiguan Allspace, a new SUV with the option of seven seats, offers more space than many other SUVs in its class.
Described as ‘sporty elegance meets spaciousness and comfort’, the impressive Arteon has 20-inch wheels, a radiator grille that encompasses the car’s full width, and LED headlights and daytime running lights.
On the technical front, the Arteon has six highly efficient engines (power output range from 110 kW/150 PS to 206 kW/280 PS), front-wheel and all-wheel drive, plus digitalised displays and controls.
Other features include an active info display, a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control. There’s plenty of legroom in the back and 1,557 litres of luggage space.
As well as the high-quality base version, there will be Elegance and R-Line trims. Customers will also benefit from the Arteon’s low running costs and attractive price.
The Tiguan Allspace has a striking design with a custom front section and modified window line. All Tiguan Allspace models have roof rails as standard and the roof itself has been redesigned with striking structural lines. The Discover Pro infotainment system comes with gesture control for the first time in the Tiguan.
All Tiguan Allspace engines are turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection engines with a power output that ranges from 110 kW/150 PS to 176 kW/240 PS (Tiguan with standard wheelbase: from 85 kW/115 PS). The new Allspace will launch with front-wheel and all-wheel drive derivatives.
Speaking at the press conference, Dr Herbet Diess discussed the future of the brand, focusing on electric cars: “From 2020 onwards, we will launch the fully electric, fully connected car for everyone.”
He added: “The Volkswagen brand is on the move. We are moving forward with new emotional products and we are realigning the whole brand and making it much more competitive and future-orientated. I’m sure 2017 will be an excellent year for the Volkswagen brand.
“In one sentence, the Volkswagen brand is coming back.”