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Nearly after a year since Volkswagen unveiled the replacement for the CC at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2019 Arteon made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show today.

Volkswagen will only offer the Arteon with their turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder producing 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This will come paired with an eight-speed automatic (sorry, no six-speed manual will be on offer) and the choice of front or Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive. An adaptive damping system that adjusts the overall dynamics of the vehicle is standard on all Arteon trims.

Volkswagen will offer the Arteon in three different trims - SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. SE models come equipped with a proximity key with push-button start, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration; three-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. SEL and SEL Premium models add a power liftgate, Volkswagen's digital cockpit system, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but we wouldn't be surprised if the Arteon starts above the Passat V6 SEL Premium ($34,650) when it arrives at dealers in the third quarter.

Source: Volkswagen
Press Release is on Page 2


ALL-NEW 2019 VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

The all-new Volkswagen brand halo has the space of a mid-sized sedan married to the sleek design of a premium coupe, as well as innovative technology and driver assistance features

  • Arteon is based off the award-winning MQB architecture
  • Arteon features a wide, planted stance, short overhangs, and sleek coupe-like design
  • Upscale interior features premium materials and modern design
  • 268 hp 2.0-liter TSI® engine is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and optional 4Motion® all-wheel drive
  • Standard features include: 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED headlights, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC® adaptive damping
  • Available premium features include: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, massaging driver’s seat, and Dynaudio® premium audio
  • Available driver assistance technology includes: Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Distance Control, Park Assist, and Area View
  • Class leading 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper, transferable Limited Warranty

Chicago, IL – Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., unveiled the all-new 2019 Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show. Based off the award-winning MQB platform, the newest Volkswagen flagship offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, innovative technology, and available 4Motion® all-wheel drive.

“The Arteon is Volkswagen’s brand shaper,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, Volkswagen. “This car is the spiritual successor to the CC, but it is bolder and faster. Arteon has the style and performance of a luxury Gran Turismo for about the price of a fully loaded midsize sedan.”

The Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, which allows for a more cab-backward design, giving Arteon a completely different look than the outgoing CC. Arteon’s wheelbase is more than 5 inches longer than the CC—111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches—and is paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. Arteon is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space.

The exterior design immediately sets Arteon apart from its competitors. A true fastback, it harkens more to luxury models with its wide, planted stance and sloping rear roofline. Arteon’s sleek lines are accentuated by standard LED headlights and taillights, a wide chrome grille and frameless side windows. Dual trapezoidal exhaust tips, chrome window surrounds and a rear decklid spoiler all add to the premium feel. Arteon rides on standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with available 19-inch wheels.

Arteon’s refined interior combines high-tech features with everyday usability. Premium materials throughout and trapezoidal design elements give the vehicle an upscale, yet modern feel. The 2019 Arteon sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces as standard, and offers available ventilated front seats, massaging driver’s seat, driver memory, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and heated rear seats.  

Standard features include KESSY 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 the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.

The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. Other available features include Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services; Dynaudio® premium audio; a panoramic sunroof; and a power trunk with Easy Open and Close, which allows drivers to walk up to the vehicle with keys in a pocket or purse and simply kick a foot under the rear bumper to pop the trunklid—closing the trunk only requires a touch of the button.

The Arteon’s technology offerings extend beyond the cabin to include a comprehensive suite of available driver assistance technology. A rearview camera is standard, along with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist); High Beam Control (Light Assist); Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) including Park Distance Control; and 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-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission; 4Motion® all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. Arteon 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.

Every Arteon model will come with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the third quarter of 2018.


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Have to say that is a sharp looking VW car in the baby poop yellow color.

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It looks pretty good but I read a rumored base price of $37,000 so why not just buy an A4 with the same engine for the same money?

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Sharp...looks like their answer to the Avalon but with better styling...their big mouth grill looks better than Toyota's IMO.

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16 hours ago, smk4565 said:

It looks pretty good but I read a rumored base price of $37,000 so why not just buy an A4 with the same engine for the same money?

 

Have you seen how basic a A4 of the same price is as this?? This has a ton more room, more power, and probably more equipment. An A4 Ultra isn't even AWD.

 

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14 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Isn't the A4 much smaller than this? Another stupid comparison. 

It's as dumb a comparison as the Avalon and IS or the Impala and ATS.   Two different models from a company's different brands... one is the top sedan of the mainstream brand, the other the bottom sedan of the premium brand.  Apples and oranges.

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32 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

It's as dumb a comparison as the Avalon and IS or the Impala and ATS.   Two different models from a company's different brands... one is the top sedan of the mainstream brand, the other the bottom sedan of the premium brand.  Apples and oranges.

B..b..b..but they share the same engine!! 

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2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

B..b..b..but they share the same engine!! 

Common components across brands within a company.  Standard approach.  Doesn't mean the cars necessarily overlap. 

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This looks nice, the performance figures are good, available 4Motion and has the hatch style trunk like the Regal, Stinger etc (bonus for the passthru).  I'm impressed (though I share reservations regarding their featured colour).  A fitting CC replacement.

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51 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Common components across brands within a company.  Standard approach.  Doesn't mean the cars necessarily overlap. 

Haha   Oh, I definitely understand that. That's why I'm not saying buy a A4 over an Arteon...

 

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In comparison to the A4, the Arteon has the advantage of being a hatchback...and it doesn't have the brand image baggage Audi drivers have these days...(i.e. pretentious BMW wannabes). 

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I think the hatchback style is a plus for the added cargo room, although I wonder if these hatch style cars are louder than a car with a separate trunk.   At any rate, it is still going to be over priced.  The Arteon is 5 inches longer than an A4, so it isn't like you are getting full size car for the price of a small Audi, the Arteon is smaller than a Malibu, Camry or Accord.   This is a $40,000 mid-size sedan, and this is why the CC sold 3,000 units in 2016.

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