The Arteon is a newly developed top-end premium Volkswagen model. The elegant fastback saloon, which is positioned above the Passat, will set the pace in the premium mid-size class.
With its cutting-edge design, efficient engines and predictive driver assistance systems, the Arteon is a true driver of innovation that brings a new flagship model to the Volkswagen brand.
We’re introducing two equal trims in the UK ̶ the Elegance and the R-Line. The differences between the two are purely in the styling. The R-Line has a larger 19-inch standard wheel and sporty R-Line exterior and interior design, while the Elegance has more premium class features such as interior colour options. R-Line on-the-road (OTR) prices are £785 higher than those for equivalent Elegance
The Arteon has a coupé-like design, with expressive edges, dynamic curves and a strong character line that runs through the entire car. Both the Elegance and R-Line come with standard fit LED high self-levelling headlights, separate LED daytime running lights, new ‘predictive’ dynamic cornering lights, a light mode for poor weather and dynamic light assist. The new LED lights combine with the chrome-plated radiator grille and bonnet to form the new ‘Volkswagen face’. The rear also has standard LED high taillights with dynamic indicators.
The frameless side windows are ‘intelligent windows’ which automatically make sure that the door seals are not damaged during opening and closing. Surrounding the side windows is a chrome trim that gives the Arteon a sophisticated low coupé look.
The Elegance comes with a standard 18-inch Muscat polished black alloy wheel, and 18-inch and 19-inch wheel options. The R-Line has a standard 19-inch Montevideo polished black alloy wheel and two 20-inch wheel options.
The Arteon has a choice of 10 exterior colours, including the hero colour ‘Turmeric Yellow’, which you will have seen in many press articles and international coverage.
The premium feel doesn’t stop outside. Once you’re inside the car, the standard nappa leather, active info display, ambient lighting and 3zone climatronic air-conditioning maintain the high end feel.
There’s more than enough interior space for both the driver and passengers. This is provided by the Modular Transverse Matrix platform (MQB); a lot of space is created by the transversely mounted engine and the forward positioning of the front axle. The generous front interior width is 1,500mm, while the front interior height reaches a maximum of 1,008mm.
Both the Elegance and R-Line come with the ergoComfort sports seats with six-way electric adjustment as standard. There’s also a 12-way electric option for R-Line and Elegance trims and a 14-way electric option only for Elegance.
The Arteon range comes with the latest Volkswagen MIB, 8-inch touch-screen Discover navigation as standard, Car-Net app connect, guide and inform (three-year subscription) and security and service (10-year subscription).
There’s also the option of a larger 9.2-inch Discover Pro system with gesture control.
A number of new assistance technologies make their debuts in the Arteon. They include a new adaptive cruise control (ACC) with predictive cruise control, which is standard on both trims.
The ACC and speed limiter works in the same way as we know it today, with the addition of ‘speed assist’ and ‘curve assist’ functions. These use a radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system that uses a front camera, route information from the navigation system and the integrated ‘dynamic road sign display’ to recognise speed limits – then adapt to them. The front camera and route information from the navigation system determine the car’s position and predictively adjust its speed before bends, roundabouts and junctions.
Another new feature is the optional ‘emergency assist with new lane change’. This technology applies intervention should sensors detect that the driver is incapable of driving, initially by visual and audible warnings and a braking jolt. If no response, the systems initiate automatic hazard light activation while slowing the vehicle down, steering the vehicle into the left hand lane and bringing it to a controlled stop – traffic behind permitting. Adding this system also activates the new rear pre-crash proactive occupant protection in addition to the standard front pre-crash occupant protection. The Arteon uses radar sensors to identify potential collisions from the rear. You can see how this system works in the video below.
The all new Arteon has three petrol and two diesel turbocharged four-cylinder engines. All engines are available for both trims.
The new Arteon will have three turbocharged direct injection engines at launch: a 280PS TSI (petrol) engine and two TDI (diesel) engines with 150PS and 240PS. Two additional engines will follow: the newly developed 1.5 TSI Evo (150PS with ACT cylinder deactivation) and a TSI 190PS.