An Early Look at the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon
Assessing The Arteon: An Early Look At Volkswagen’s New Sedan
Revitalizing its image as a source of both speed and style, Volkswagen has announced the release of a new sedan, the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon. With a name implying timeless beauty, this car is designed to improve upon the CC, a vehicle that was once considered innovative but is rapidly falling into obscurity. By taking the CC’s desirable features but adding a new style and improved performance, Volkswagen hopes to spike renewed interest in its brand throughout the US and Europe.
The basic idea behind the Volkswagen CC was to create a vehicle that had the same basic style as a coupe but offered four doors. The Arteon was designed with the same basic principle in mind but offers a number of stylistic updates. Chief among these is the seamless flow between the grille and the headlights, giving the vehicle a unified, consistent look for all to see. It also has new wheel arches that are designed to look more aggressive, with an extra 5.2 inches of space on its wheelbase. Volkswagen has extended this vehicle’s track by 1.4 inches while pulling back its overhangs, further contributing to the unified appearance.
Fearing that these changes would make it look too much like another one of their vehicles, the Passat, Volkswagen added a topside color strip to differentiate the two. The vehicle’s interior space, however, closely resembles that of other cars from this brand, giving drivers a safe, familiar feeling while operating it.
Besides these purely stylistic changes, the Arteon is also notable for its hatchback. While there was some risk that adding this would disrupt the overall flow, the designers managed to work it in naturally with the rest of the car. The trunk offers 19.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be extended to 55 cubic feet by folding the seats. Drivers can thus enjoy easy access to a large storage area without losing any aesthetic value.
Besides the hatchback, the Arteon also comes with LED headlights and taillights, allowing it to light up the road while keeping energy use to a minimum. On the inside, it has leather seats, automatic heating and air conditioning, heated front seats, and a keyless entry and ignition system. This ensures full comfort and convenience for drivers in any environment.
In building the Arteon, Volkswagen included MQB powertrain equipment, allowing the vehicle to perform to the highest standards of a sedan. The powertrain includes a 2-liter engine that offers 280 pounds per foot of torque and 270 horsepower. It also has an automatic 8-speed Aisin transaxle that delivers energy to the forward wheels. Volkswagen is likely to offer all-wheel drive as an optional feature when it releases the Arteon in the US.