At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Arteon, a new four-door coupe that’s supposed to be the embodiment of everything the company stands for.
Volkswagen has lofty goals for the Arteon, not in terms of sales volume but rather with what it could do for the brand’s perception. It should help lend some credibility to the company’s claim of being something more than a standard mass-market brand the likes of Honda and Toyota.
Let’s see what exactly it has to offer — here are nine interesting facts about the all-new, 2018 Volkswagen Arteon…
1. What is it? Who is it for?
Accurately previewed by the that bowed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the VW Arteon is a five-seat, four-door coupe described as an “avant-garde gran turismo” that sits above the current Passat in the Volkswagen brand’s lineup. It is aimed directly at style-conscious, well-off customers who appreciate everything VW stands for: balanced ride and handling that’s engaging, lively engines, and high-quality workmanship and materials.
The Arteon in fact replaces the CC four-door coupe and is bigger than the Passat on which it is based. However, it’s more than a gussied-up Passat, with Volkswagen upping the premium ante to a point where it isn’t afraid to label its new flagship sedan as a direct competitor of top-notch premium four-door coupes like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A5 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Is the company being over-ambitious?
2. Meaning of Arteon
Interesting fact: the name ‘Arteon’ is a neologism that combines the words “art” and “eon.” According to Volkswagen, it means “supreme deity”.
The use of ‘Arteon’ is a departure form the naming strategy used for the company’s other vehicles, which have generally been inspired by tangible, real world things like winds (Scirocco, Golf, Passat), goddesses (Eos), and even an ethic group from the Sahara Desert (Touareg).
Does the name suite the car?
2. Best-Looking Volkswagen?
There is no question that the new Volkswagen Arteon is a very attractive car with its sweeping styling, sharp creases, and sleek coupe-like profile, a fact that has won it praise from quite a few .
A new style of radiator grille nearly spans its entire width and is flanked by a set of LED headlights that give it’s a piercing look out front, while flared wheel arches and distinctive rear haunches provide a sporty contrast to an otherwise elegant exterior.
It’s fair to say the transition from concept to production was a success. Would you say the Arteon is currently the best-looking Volkswagen? Better looking than the Audi A5 Sportback even?
3. Familiar, More Luxurious and High-Tech Interior
With its avant-garde exterior, you would think the new Arteon would have an equally-interesting interior. Nope! What we get instead is typical VW — more specifically, a dashboard design and layout that’s almost identical to the Passat’s.
It’s not the most exciting interior out there, but you can be assured that the material quality and overall craftsmanship is better than the Passat or any other lesser VW.
The Arteon also boasts a few more advanced features, including an Active Info Display (called “Volkswagen Digital Cockpit” in North America), a new Discover Pro infotainment system with 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture controls, a head-up display, and ambient lighting.
4. More Practical Thant the Passat
Although its features four-door coup that generally sacrifices interior space for aesthetic appeal, the Arteon actually manages to be more practical than the Passat, thanks to a large rear hatch that can swallow four cubic feet (113 liters) of more cargo.
Overall storage area stands at approximately 20 cubic feet (563 liters) with the rear seats up and up to 55 cubic feet (1557 liters) when folded flat.
5. Choose Your Engine
At launch, the 2018 Arteon will be available with six engines worldwide, three of which are petrol units and the other three diesels. Output ranges from 148 horsepower (150PS) to 276hp (280PS).
A seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and a six-speed manual is offered, though only the seven-speed DSG will be available in some markets like North America.
6. Front- and All-Wheel Drive
While front-wheel drive is standard on base models, the most potent patrol and diesel models come with Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system out of the box, offering better traction on difficult roads.
I would like mine with all-wheel drive, please.
7. Wide Range of Driver Assistance Systems
As expected of Volkswagen’s flagship sedan, the 2018 Arteon offers a wide range of driver assistance systems, including the latest generation of the company’s adaptive cruise control, predictive cornering lights, Emergency Assist, Lane Assist, and Proactive occupant protection.
The Emergency Assist can even steer the car steer and brake the car into the hard should if necessary.
Simply put, the Arteon is among the safest Volkswagens you can buy.
8. Affordable German Luxury
If you want a new Audi A5 Sportback but can’t stomach the price premium that the Audi badge commands, you should give a very hard look at the Volkswagen Arteon.
The fact that both Volkswagen and Audi are part of the Volkswagen Group means they share technologies, with the Arteon offering just about everything the A5 Sportback does in terms of luxury amenities, drivetrains and safety features.
Just don’t call the Arteon the poor man’s A5 Sportback… Volkswagen will be mad.
What Do You Think?
Did you find our nine facts about the new, 2018 Volkswagen Arteon interesting? From what you’ve learned about it, do you think it is a suitable successor to the VW CC and worthy enough to challenge the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A5 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz CLS?
Share your thoughts in the comments below, and also check out our eight fun facts about the new Honda Civic Type R hot hatch, the fastest and most powerful Civic Honda has ever made.
Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Is One Exclusive Convertible
Production of this drop-top German will be limited to just 750 units.
Just four months after the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT made its debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT family has grown yet again with the addition of the GT R Roadster.
Arriving just in time for summer, the limited-edition convertible features a three-layer fabric soft top with lightweight aluminum and magnesium construction and an acoustic mat that helps absorb wind noise.
Power is provided by AMG’s 4.0-liter V8 Bitrubo engine, producing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is complete in 3.5 seconds and top speed is reached at 197 mph (317 km/h).
Like the GT R coupe, the GT R Roadster boasts a long list of exterior upgrades that include a wider stance, a larger rear wing, exclusive 20-inch wheels in the rear and 19-inch rims up front, and an adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear axle steering
A number of active aerodynamic components have been implemented to manage airflow around the engine and underneath the car, reducing lift and maximizing efficiency and downforce.
Notable interior touches include AMG black carbon fiber trim elements, AMG Performance seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and an AMG Performance steering wheel.
Mercedes plans to build just 750 examples of the GT R Roadster, so act fast if you want one.
Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle
The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.
Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.
Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.
Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.
Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
Polestar 2 Electric Car Charges Up To Battle Tesla Model 3
Sweden delivers yet another promising electrified vehicle.
The Polestar 2 has arrived, and it’s ready to do battle with the Tesla Model 3 and other premium compact electric cars.
As Polestar’s first fully-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 draws heavy inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept that debuted in 2016, featuring a relatively high ride height for a sedan and a five-door fastback design that makes it more versatile.
In fact, the Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform and is powered by a drivetrain consisting of two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery that deliver a combined 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft. of torque, enough power to accelerate it from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under five seconds.
The 27-module battery pack also integrated into the floor to improve the rigidity of the chassis and improve noise, vibration and harshness levels. It provides the Swedish electric car with a driving range of around 275 miles (443 km) on a single charge.
For those interested in a sportier driving experience, the Polestar 2 will be available with a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. It also adds gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.
Highlights of the interior include an 11-inch touchscreen that runs an Android-based infotainment system, granting owners access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and a number of other vehicle-based apps.
Production of the Polestar 2 kicks off in China in early 2020, with pricing starting at 39,900 Euros in Europe and at $55,000 in the United States.
Like the Polestar 1, it will be available exclusively via an online ordering system, and there will also eventually be a subscription program to broaden its reach.
Polestar will also introduce a less expensive version of the Polestar 2 down the road.
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