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Volkswagen debuts dramatic CC replacement in Geneva


Teased leased week in a series of close-up images, Volkswagen unveiled its replacement for the Passat CC at the Geneva Motor Show late on Tuesday.

Called Arteon and set to slot-in above the Passat as Volkswagen's new flagship sedan, the coupe styled newcomer, dubbed a avant-garde business-class grand turismo, features a number of styling hints from the Golf and Passat on first glance, with the notable difference from the CC being the sloping fastback rear end.

Underpinned by Volkswagen's versatile MQB platform with an overall length of 4 862 mm, width of 1 871 mm and height of 1 472 mm, the Arteon shares its interior with Passat albeit with added levels of luxury consisting of a 6.5 of 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Volkswagen's 12.3-inch Active Info Display, ambient lighting beneath the air vents and a range of interior colour and trim options.

Safety has also been ramped-up with tech such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Assist, Lane Assist, Predictive Cornering Lights, Pre-Crash Detection, Side Impact Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Underneath its sculpted bonnet claimed to resemble that a sportscar, the Arteon will be offered in a choice of three TSI engine and three TDI's, linked to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.

On the petrol front, base models will use the same 1.5 TSI Evo engine introduced in the Golf with power rated at 110 kW, while a 2.0 TSI with 140 kW and 162 kW complete the range. Both manual and DSG 'boxes are offered on the 1.5 with the latter standard on both 2.0-litres, along with 4Motion all-wheel drive on the 162 kW version.

Diesel power will come from the stalwart 2.0 TDI with outputs of 110 kW, 140 kW and 176 kW respectively. The former models can be had with either the manual or DSG box as well as optional 4Motion on the 140 kW, while the 176 kW features both the self-shifter and all-wheel drive as standard.

Aside from the standard models, the Arteon will also be available in Elegance and R-Line forms, each bringing a selection of interior and exterior add-ons.

No pricing as yet been announced.

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