2017 Volkswagen Arteon Premium
Another piece of Volkswagen‘s post-dieselgate comeback is falling into place with the Arteon sedan. Set to replace the VW CC and the ill-fated Phaeton, the Arteon will serve as a halo for the VW brand, sitting above the Passat in both pricing and equipment.
While the CC drew its name from the acronym for Comfort Coupe, the Arteon is a smooshing together of “Art,” to describe its silhouette, and “Eon,” which is Volkswagen’s new way to define its premium models. The Arteon is previewed in this sketch released Monday and will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
While the CC was never a sales leader for Volkswagen, it became a cult car that brought new buyers attracted to its style – despite the sedan’s small rear seat, limited headroom, and compromised luggage space.
The Arteon was designed from the ground up to deliver the design of the CC without the compromises. VW says the sedan will have frameless windows like the CC, a larger trunk than the CC, and a “highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look.” The new sedan will ride on a mildly evolved version of the MLB architecture used by the European Passat and other vehicles. The car that will debut is most likely what we had thought would be the 2018 CC.
This new model takes some of its inspiration from the Sport Coupe GTE concept from last year’s Geneva show, though the production Arteon will ditch that car’s V6 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain in favor of the Passat’s engine and transmission options. In Geneva, the Arteon will have 19-inch alloy wheels, LED Matrix headlights, and Audi-style active indicator lights. Its interior will combine an active information dashboard with a head-up display, and it will also set a new standard inside Volkswagen for autonomous capability, though more details aren’t known.
Volkswagen has revealed that a new premium saloon called the Arteon will be its star of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, before going on sale next year.
It’s a ‘totally new model’, sitting above the Passat in VW’s range. It’ll replace the to-be discontinued CC, though VW is keen to stress that this new model is a step up in class and isn’t a direct replacement – the Arteon name hints it’ll be pitched as a flagship.
The teaser image Volkswagen has released in tandem with its announcement hints at a low, sleek, Mercedes CLS-like four-door coupe similar to the one we’ve seen in previous spy shots.
However, VW is pitching the Arteon as a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe rival and it’s likely to arrive with a price tag starting around £30,000 when it goes on sale in the UK in autumn 2017. That would put it head and shoulders above the CC in terms of price and expected quality – that car starts from £25,475.
The carmaker says that the Arteon will serve as an introduction for a new ‘horizontally accentuated’ brand look. The large grille with horizontal slats will extend right into the headlamps, while LED exterior lights will further emphasise the car’s posh new face. VW also says it’ll get frameless windows, and the top hinged tailgate opens up a large boot – there will be 1,700 litres of space on offer with the rear row of seats folded flat.
Volkswagen’s given us an early glimpse of the replacement for the CC ‘coupaloon’, in the form of a solitary design sketch.
The reputedly all-new car will be called the Arteon, and – like the existing CC – it will sit above the Passat in the company’s line-up.
Arteon’ is, according to Volkswagen, composed of two key components: ‘Art’ and ‘eon’. The former, well, is mooted to ‘describe its harmonious lines and emotionality’. The latter is VW’s premium identifier, as found in the Chinese-market Phideon nameplate.
CAR’s photographers caught what’s believed to be a prototype for the CC’s replacement undergoing trials on public roads earlier this year