Chicago 2018: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Makes American Debut


Chicago 2018: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Makes American Debut

Volkswagen of America has unveiled the all-new 2019 Arteon at the ongoing Chicago Auto Show.

Built on the MQB platform, the new Volkswagen flagship model, which is the spiritual successor to the CC according to VW, offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, as well as the brand’s 4Motion all-wheel drive.

“The Arteon is Volkswagen’s brand shaper,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen.

“It is bolder and faster than the CC, and has the style and performance of a luxury Gran Turismo for about the price of a fully loaded midsize sedan.”

Sporting a completely different look from the outgoing CC, the Arteon’s wheelbase is more than 127 mm longer than the CC, measuring at 3027 mm, paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. The car is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space.

Key exterior features include LED headlights and taillights, a wide chrome grille, frameless side windows, dual trapezoidal exhaust tips, chrome window surrounds, as well as a rear decklid spoiler.

Inside, the Arteon comes with sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces as standard, ventilated front seats with massage function, keyless access and push-button start, 3-zone Climatronic automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

Other available features include Dynaudio premium audio, panoramic sunroof, and apowered boot with Easy Open and Close.

And then, we have the long list of driver assistance technology such as Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go, active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) with Park Distance Control, and an Overhead View Camera (Area View).

In addition, the 2019 Arteon offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. These systems include the class-exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and a reactive hood.

The new Arteon will be powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection TSI engine, making 268 hp and 350 Nm of torque which is sent to the wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and the brand’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system which is available on every trim level.

The Arteon also features a standard DCC adaptive damping system which manages the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle dynamics, and a standard Start-Stop system designed to help improve fuel efficiency.