New Volkswagen Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake revealed
Volkswagen is presenting the new Arteon in a world premiere alongside a new second version of the popular model – the Arteon Shooting Brake. The new Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake are characterised by an expressive and avant-garde design. Distinctive features include a revised front end with a new continuous light strip, striking chrome bars and new air intakes. The radiator grille and the long, wide bonnet are combined to make both Arteon versions stand out on the road and especially at night time thanks to a unique LED light signature at the front and rear.
The new Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake differ significantly from each other from the B-pillars to the rear. Whereas on the fastback model, the roof and window contours are swept down in parallel from the B-pillars and therefore become part of the coupe´-shaped rear, the roof and window lines are extended towards the rear on the Shooting Brake and end in the new roof spoiler. At the top, the window line runs parallel to the roof. However, at the bottom the lines move upwards towards the D-pillars, thus making the window area at the rear narrower and more striking. All elements together form the sporty rear profile typical for a Shooting Brake model.
For the first time in the Arteon range, a plug-in hybrid option will be offered. With a purely electric range many Arteon eHybrid1 and Arteon Shooting Brake eHybrid1 drivers will be able to cover their daily driving distances with zero emissions. As a fastback version and Shooting Brake, the two Arteon models are among the first of their kind to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive in the luxury mid-sized segment.
The Arteon R will be the flagship model in the range. Thanks to a new progressive technology known as R-Performance Torque Vectoring, the torque is distributed variably both between the axles and also between the rear wheels depending on the driving situation by means of selective wheel torque control. And this creates a new level of driving dynamics in this category.
All occupants in the front and rear of both Arteon versions benefit from the modular transverse matrix (MQB). The maximum legroom at the rear is 1,016 mm and is a benchmark value in this class. Thanks to the unique roof design, the Shooting Brake offers more headroom at both the front and rear. As standard, the rear seat backrest can be folded asymmetrically in both models. Behind the Arteon Shooting Brake’s rear seat bench is a luggage compartment capacity of up to 565 litres when loaded up to the rear seat backrest and luggage compartment cover (fastback: 563 litres). Loading the vehicle up to the front seat backrests increases the loading capacity to 1,632 litres (fastback: 1,557 litres).
The new Arteon models boast lots of new technology, including the optional Travel Assist system. The system enables partly automated driving within a speed range from 0 km/h to 210 km/h (within the system limits). Travel Assist makes driving in stop-and-go traffic and through roadworks in particular more convenient. An integral part of Travel Assist is adaptive cruise control with predictive speed control. The adaptive cruise control reacts to speed limits, towns, bends, roundabouts and junctions with corresponding speed adaptation. The Lane Assist lane keeping system that keeps the vehicle in the centre of the lane and Autonomous Emergency Braking Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring also form part of the range of Travel Assist functions. The Rear View reversing camera (optional) has been enhanced and now features corner view and trailer view modes.
Inside, the Arteon offers a newly designed cockpit. This includes touch sliders for the automatic air conditioner and a new multifunction steering wheel with touch controls. Also new: the now wireless integration of apps via App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a powerful 700 watt high-end sound system from the audio specialists harman/kardon, which has been customised specifically for the Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake. Background lighting can be adjusted in up to 30 colours is also optionally available to give the new interior an attractive finishing touch. Here, the trims in the dash panel and doors are illuminated.