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PostHeaderIcon Five Reasons New Arteon May Vivify Volkswagen In The U.S.

I remember when one of the American automotive publications revealed the first pictures of the latest Passat destined for the European market. Some of the first comments under the post were along the lines of “Why don’t we get something like this?; We have garbage, this is the Passat we need! Why is Volkswagen doing this to us?”

Well, Volkswagen listened closely, and while they couldn’t bring the European Passat to the U.S., it did something even better. It brought the new Arteon which is, by all counts, a better looking, coupe-like saloon. Revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in its U.S. guise, the Arteon seems like the ultimate expression of what Volkswagen stands for right now. It is, aside from the new Touareg (awesome SUV, I must add), the flagship of Volkswagen combining technology one may usually find on upper-scale Audi vehicles.

Yet, it will not be cheap. At all. Volkswagen has yet to disclose pricing, but some suggest it will start at $35,000-$40,000, just like the CC. Yet, the one you would really like will probably set you back closer to $50,000.

Regardless of this, I can list at least five reasons why the new Arteon may vivify Volkswagen in the U.S.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept

Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the ill-fated CC, the Arteon keeps Volkswagen active in the rather tiny four-door coupe segment. Sportier than its predecessor and boasting more premium features than ever, the Arteon could finally establish the German firm as a powerful player on the premium market. Now also available in R-Line trim, the Arteon just gained a special paint finish and a set of wheels from Vossen to become the Highlight Concept.

Based on the R-Line model, the Highlight Concept explores the Arteon’s “potential to make a statement on the show field.” Granted, the sleek and wide stance give the sedan a unique place among Volkswagen cars, and we will probably see a wide range of aftermarket upgrades at the upcoming tuning shows. Volkswagen’s is far from radical, but it shows what you can do with special paint, a set of custom wheels, and a lowered suspension.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Showcases Four New Concepts at SOWO in Georgia

Volkswagen has a bit of a reputation for providing some pretty boring concepts, but the four new concepts it brought to SOWO this hear are cool as hell. Volkswagen says they represent the tastes of Volkswagen enthusiasts, which isn’t exactly a good explanation of why there’s so much bright yellow. What we have here is a modified Golf R, Jetta R-Line, Tiguan R-Line, and an Arteon R-Line, all with their own special way of standing out that is quite intriguing and refreshing at the same time.

PostHeaderIcon Report: VW will Launch the T-Roc R, Tiguan R, and Arteon R Sometime This Year

As of the time of this writing, the Volkswagen Golf R is the only car offered by VW with an R badge. All of that is apparently about to change, as reports indicate that VW will be giving the R treatment to a big portion of its lineup, beginning with the T-Roc R, Tiguan R, and Arteon R. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor, but there’s more to it.

PostHeaderIcon Is The Volkswagen Arteon Worth Your Hard-Earned Benjamins?

Almost a year after making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen Arteon finally touched down in America when it was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. If you’re wondering what caused the long delay of its U.S. debut, you’re better off channeling your curiosity somewhere else. The delay isn’t important. What’s important is that it’s finally here. If there is a question to ask about the Arteon, it’s this: is it worth it to get one?


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“It looks like what a proper, all-new four-door sedan is supposed to look like.”

The optics of the Volkswagen Arteon are very promising. It looks like what a proper, all-new four-door sedan is supposed to look like. It has a fresh design that reminds of the Volkswagen Atlas. Both models depart heavily from VW’s current design language, and that’s precisely why they stand out. I suppose this was an intentional move by Volkswagen because it is putting a lot of eggs in the baskets of the Arteon and Atlas to be the models that will jolt some life to the brand after the debilitating fiasco that was Dieselgate.

On that end, Volkswagen scored big with the Arteon’s look. I’d say it’s worth it based on its design.


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“On the technical and mechanical fronts, the Arteon sits on Volkswagen's new MBQ platform.”

On the technical and mechanical fronts, the Arteon sits on Volkswagen’s new MBQ platform. It’s the same platform that a lot of new VW models are using, including the Atlas. It also happens to be versatile enough to be set up for use on a sedan. The new platform also helps VW fit its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four engine into the Arteon. This mill gives the sedan an impressive 270 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, much more than the 208-horsepower Volkswagen CC, the widely panned sedan that it’s replacing in the U.S. Once again, I’d say the Arteon is a good purchase based on its power and performance abilities.

Now, is it better than the competition it’s going to go up against? That remains to be seen, especially when you consider that the “competition” includes the BMW 320i, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lincoln MKZ, Acura TLX, Buick Regal, and Volvo S60. That’s a lot of competition. It’s too early to say if the Arteon is as good as any of its worthy rivals, but it sure has its work cut out for it.


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“Ultimately, any questions related to the worth of buying a new car depends exclusively on how much the car is going to cost”

Ultimately, any questions related to the worth of buying a new car depends exclusively on how much the car is going to cost. Volkswagen has yet to announce the pricing details of the U.S.-spec Arteon, but there have been numerous reports that the sedan will command just under $40,000 for the base trim option.

If that’s the case, the Arteon would fall on the higher end of prices compared to the models mentioned above. Check out the table below to see what I mean.

Model Price ($)
Audi A4 $36,975
BMW 320i $35,895
Acura TLX $33,965
Buick Regal $27,990
Volvo S60 $35,095
Cadillac ATS $36,490
Infiniti Q50 $35,195
Lincoln MKZ $36,530
Volkswagen Arteon $37,000 (estimate)

So, the Volkswagen Arteon will undoubtedly sit on the higher-range of this segment. We won’t know for sure until Volkswagen releases the official price list for its models and trims. From the looks of it, though, you may want to stretch your funds if you want to get a hold of Volkswagen’s latest four-door sedan.

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Volkswagen Arteon Finally Makes U.S. Debut in Chicago!


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PostHeaderIcon Coming Soon: VR6-Powered Volkswagen Arteon R

The Volkswagen Arteon sits on top of VW’s range, but for whatever reason, the flagship sedan tops out with a 2.0-liter TSI variant that pumps out 276 horsepower. That’s actually a decent number, but not for a car that’s supposed to have the status of the Arteon. Fortunately, good news is on the horizon, though, because Volkswagen is actually preparing a more potent VR6 version that could have as much as 400 horsepower at its disposal.


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“The plan is to give the sedan a 3.0-liter turbocharged VR6 engine that will sit above the current 2.5-liter version”

Speaking with Car Throttle, Volkswagen’s product line spokesperson Martin Hube confirmed the company’s plans for a V-6-powered Arteon. According to Hube, the plan is to give the sedan a 3.0-liter turbocharged VR6 engine that will sit above the current 2.5-liter version. In doing so, it will assume the role of the flagship version, one that will reportedly carry around 404 horsepower. Even better, Volkswagen already has a working prototype of the model so we can at least expect to see it soon, possibly as early as next year.

Hube added that the new engine will be complemented by the latest version of VW’s Haldex four-wheel drive system, allowing drivers to enjoy the sedan and get a good amount of oversteer. “This is a real agile, powerful car,” Hube said. “I’m totally convinced that this combination is extremely nice.”


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“Volkswagen already has a working prototype of the model so we can at least expect to see it soon, possibly as early as next year.”

As exciting as the thought of a V-6-powered Arteon is, not every market is expected to get it once the model is launched. Volkswagen UK has already said that it’s unlikely that the sedan will make it to the UK for a “variety of reasons.” Likewise, a US-spec version isn’t in the cards at the moment. It could still change in the future, but, for now, consider it a long shot, at best, that we’ll see a 404-horsepower Arteon in our shores.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Arteon

Back in 2007, Volkswagen thought it would be a good idea to develop a large coupe with a heavily sloped roof. Some of you from way back then know it as the Passat CC, while more recently it has dropped the “Passat” name. Volkswagen had big ambitions for the CC, calling it a “sports sedan” and projecting sales of at least 300,000 over the first seven years of production. But, the CC is often overlooked and has performed very poorly. Fast forward to 2017 and VW has decided to usher in a successor to the last-gen CC and it comes complete with a name change. Now going by the name Arteon, the car now rides on VW’s MQB platform and will be offered with a number of standard features that includes LED lights outside, a progressive steering system, 18-inch wheels, and a handful of engines that offer a power output that ranges from 148 horsepower all the way up to 276 horsepower. You can have AWD with some drivetrain options, or only front-wheel drive in others.

Tobias Suhlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s design, said, “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans.”

But, while it does have a long wheelbase and it follows suit with a number of other sedans that have that low, sloping roof, the new Arteon isn’t all that different from the CC it replaces. So, let’s take a closer look at it and see if we can make out anything that might make this model more successful than the CC.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Arteon.


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