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First Look: Volkswagen debuts 2018 Arteon, its stylish CC replacement, at Geneva Motor Show

2018 Volkswagen Arteon Front Right Quarter Driving

The Volkswagen Arteon, the replacement for the outgoing CC sedan, will break cover during the Geneva Motor Show this week.
With a sloping fastback roofline, sculpted shoulders and a healthy dose of chrome, Volkswagen seems to be holding to the philosophy adopted by Toyota with its redesigned Camry and Kia with its all-new Stinger: if you’re going to make a sedan, you’d better make it cool.
Set to debut in Germany this June, likely as a 2018 model, the European-spec Arteon will be positioned above the Passat, replacing the CC, Volkswagen’s current sport-tinged sedan.
This new nameplate also is destined for the United States, though it will likely include different powertrain offerings as well as other engineering differences to adhere to consumer tastes and government regulations. It’s not clear when VW plans to bring the Arteon to North America, but its standard practice is to wait until the following model year.
Regardless of when the Arteon arrives here, it will have the unenviable tasks of trying to appeal to a market that has exhibited a growing apathy toward sedans while also attempting to salvage Volkswagen’s reputation in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal.
However, the designers and engineers in Wolfsburg have done their best to at least give the Arteon a fighting chance.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon Rear Left Quarter

With a liftback trunk, the Arteon offers 19.9 cubic-feet of cargo room. 

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Using the automaker’s new signature Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, Volkswagen was able to retain certain signature styling cues, such as its horizontal-bar grille, and stretch them out into a bigger, more stylish package. The Euro-spec Arteon adds more than 2 inches in total length from the CC while stretching out the wheelbase and shortening the front and rear overhangs. It’s also a smidge taller and wider than the CC.
New exterior features include chrome strips along the side windows, LED headlights and taillights, and aluminum alloy wheels. The coupe-like profile conveys a more athletic look while also allowing for a liftback trunk that offers nearly 20 cubic-feet of cargo room with all the rear seats in place.
Under the hood, the European Arteon will offer six turbocharged, direct injection engines. That list includes three gas-powered engines: a 1.5-liter with a 6- or 7-speed transmission that makes 148 horsepower, a 2.0-liter with a 7-speed transmission and a 2.0-liter with a 7-speed transmission and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Volkswagen will also offer a trio of 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines that make 148, 188 and 236 horsepower, respectively.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon Left Profile

To help keep the driver safe, the 2018 Arteon uses available driver assistance technology like adaptive cruise control, emergency assist and dynamic cornering light system.

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Of the six engines to be offered in Europe, U.S. customers can only count on two being available here: the two 2.0-liter gas engines. Given the company’s history of cheating emissions regulations with its diesel powertrains, don’t expect any of the TDI engines to make their way to this side of the Atlantic.
Inside, the Arteon features a 9.2-inch glass display that houses its Discover Pro infotainment system—which can be operated with gesture control—Volkswagen’s signature digital cockpit and a head-up display. Advanced driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control; an intelligent headlight system that senses curves to adjusts its beams accordingly and Emergency Assist, a system that will stop the car and pull itself over autonomously if a driver becomes incapacitated.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon Dashboard

Inside, the 2018 VW Arteon features available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system with gesture control and a head up display.

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During this week’s show in Geneva, Volkswagen also will showcase a high-performance R-Line version of the Arteon, which should make its way into the U.S. lineup. That package includes high-gloss black finish on the front air intakes, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, special bumpers, chrome-plated exhaust tips and an extra strip of chrome running along the bottom of the car’s exterior. It also gets Vienna leather, heated seats; stainless steel kickplates; aluminum pedal covers and a black headliner.
European customers also will have access to an Elegance version of the Arteon, which brings more premium looks and a more luxurious interior, though this package seems less likely to be heading toward the U.S.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon Front Left

Volkswagen confirms sales will begin in Germany this June, but we can expect the U.S. markets to see the new Arteon sometime next year.

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Volkswagen said the Arteon will come with an affordable base price, so look for it to start in the same ballpark as the CC, which has a base MSRP around $35,000.

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