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Striking Volkswagen Arteon bows


Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March as a replacement for the Passat CC, Volkswagen has released full details of its coupe-styled Arteon.

Unlike its predecessor though, the dramatic looking Arteon slots in above its Passat sibling as the Wolfsburg automaker's flagship sedan, with the MQB underpinned "avant-garde grand turismo" boasting dimensions of 4 862 mm in overall length, a wheelbase of 2 841 mm, height of 1 427 mm and width of 1 871 mm.

Strictly five-seater and claimed to feature a sports car derived bonnet, designed specifically with pedestrians in mind, the fastback Arteon is claimed to offer best-in class rear legroom at 1 016 mm and headroom at 940 mm. In addition, boot space is rated at 563-litres, although this grows to 1 557-litres with the 60/40 split seat folded down.

To be offered in three trim levels; base, R-Line and Elegance each with its own exterior and interior detailing such as unique bumpers, different alloy wheel designs, LED headlights, Alcantara / leather heated seats and dynamic indicators, the entire Arteon range gets keyless go, eight-inch Composition Media system, eight-speaker sound system and climate control as standard.

Optional is the now obligatory 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Display, an eight-inch Discover Media or 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system, the latter featuring satellite navigation, 10 GB internal storage, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Heads-Up Display, App Connect, a 700 watt Dynaudio sound system and Wi-Fi.

As per Volkswagen's extensive range of driver assistance features, the Arteon boasts tech such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Lighting, Proactive occupant protection, Pre-Crash Assist, Side Impact Assist, Lane Keep and Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, Area View surround camera and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Underneath the bonnet, the Arteon will offered with a choice of two TSI petrol engines and single TDI, linked to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Borrowing from the facelifted Golf, the base Arteon uses the 1.5 TSI Evo engine producing 110 kW, while the more powerful 2.0 TSI can be had in outputs of 140 kW and 206 kW. Available as an option on the lesser 2.0 TSI, the 206 kW versions comes fitted with 4Motion all-wheel drive and the DSG as standard.

Diesel power will come from Volkswagen's stalwart 2.0 TDI tuned to produce 110 kW and 176 kW respectively, with a 140 kW version and optional 4Motion expected at a later stage. As with the 206 kW TSI, the flagship 176 kW TDI will feature all-wheel drive and the aforementioned DSG 'box as standard.

No pricing has yet been announced although the Arteon is expected to debut in South Africa shortly after its European launch later this month.

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