Volkswagen U.S.A. has unveiled the all-new Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show. Based off the award-winning MQB platform, the newest Volkswagen flagship offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, innovative technology, and available 4Motion® all-wheel drive.
The VW Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, which allows for a more cab-backward design, giving Arteon a completely different look than the outgoing CC. Arteon’s wheelbase is more than 5 inches longer than the CC—111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches—and is paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. Arteon is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space.
Volkswagen Arteon: the flagship with a view
The exterior design immediately sets Arteon apart from its competitors. A true
fastback, it harkens more to luxury models with its wide, planted stance and sloping
rear roofline. Arteon’s sleek lines are accentuated by standard LED headlights and
taillights, a wide chrome grille and frameless side windows. Dual trapezoidal exhaust
tips, chrome window surrounds and a rear decklid spoiler all add to the premium
feel. Arteon rides on standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with available 19-inch
VW Arteon: Interior refinements
Arteon’s refined interior combines high-tech features with everyday usability.
Premium materials throughout and trapezoidal design elements give the vehicle an
upscale, yet modern feel. The 2019 Arteon sports heated front seats with leatherette
seating surfaces as standard, and offers available ventilated front seats, massaging
driver’s seat, driver memory, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and heated rear seats.
Standard features include KESSY keyless access and push-button start, 3-zone
Climatronic automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment
system with Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect technology that offers compatible
smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay™, Android
Auto and MirrorLink.
The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. Other available features include Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services; Dynaudio premium audio; a panoramic sunroof; and a power trunk with Easy Open and Close.
Driver assistance systems
The Arteon’s technology offerings extend beyond the cabin to include a comprehensive suite of available driver assistance technology. A rearview camera is standard, along with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Available driverassistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist); High Beam Control (Light Assist); Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) including Park Distance Control; and Overhead View Camera (Area View).
In addition, the 2019 Arteon offers a combination of both passive and active safety
systems, including the class-exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and a
The new Arteon will be powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and directinjection TSI engine, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The
power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission; 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on every trim level.
Arteon features a standard DCC® adaptive damping system, which manages the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle
dynamics, and a standard Start-Stop system designed to help improve fuel efficiency.
The New Volkswagen Arteon will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim
levels and is expected to arrive at dealerships in the States in the third quarter of