The existing Volkswagen CC is based on the previous-generation Passat platform, a model that initially went on sale in the United States for the 2006 model year. To say that the CC is in need of an overhaul is a substantial understatement.
That overhaul is coming to U.S. display rooms in the form of the brand-new Volkswagen Arteon, possibly for the 2018 model year, but if VW’s track record is any indication, most likely as a 2019 model. The car will be integrated in Emden, Germany, and goes on sale in Europe in the summertime of 2017 in standard, R-Line, and Elegance trim levels.
Volkswagen characterizes the new Arteon as a gran turismo vehicle with progressive fastback design, and says that it marks “the start of a brand-new design age” for Volkswagen. Equipped with seating for 5 individuals and a hatchback opening to a big freight location, the Arteon features a long wheelbase, brief overhangs, and low and large percentages. New styling styles include the full-width grille, hood crossing the fenders, and bolder fender and wheel arch treatments.
Basic devices for the European market will include LED headlights and taillights and aluminum wheels. The stylish R-Line version adds more aggressive style information while the Elegance has additional chrome and detailing for a more high end appearance. Available rear vibrant turn signal indicators operate similar to those on the most recent Audi A4.
Inside, the brand-new Arteon reflects existing Audi and Volkswagen style treatments, maybe most significant in the band including contrast trim and air vents that covers into the door panels. In fact, if you were to cover the VW badge on the steering wheel, you might not have the ability to discriminate between the Arteon and an Audi model. Basic equipment includes a touch-screen infotainment system, automatic environment control, and power-adjustable front seats.
Trunk space is generous, measuring 19.9 cu. ft. behind the Arteon’s rear seat. Fold it down and this car swallows 55 cu. ft. of cargo, about as much as a little crossover SUV.
Sharing its modular architecture with models such as the Audi A4 and Volkswagen Tiguan, it comes as not a surprise to learn that the Arteon features turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive (AWD), and VW’s Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic handbook transmission.
A variety of powertrains will be used in Europe. For the U.S. market, you can scratch the diesels and the tiniest engine off of the menu, leaving two turbocharged 2.0-liter engines. In standard tune, VW states the engine makes 188 horsepower in Europe. The higher-performance version makes 276 horsepower and is combined only with VW’s 4Motion AWD.
Paddle shifters are consisted of for the DSG, and the Arteon is equipped with an undefined “progressive steering system.”
The Arteon made its official launching in March at the Geneva auto show and will get here in the United States this summertime with an estimated $37,000 base rate.