The CC's Successor

The Volkswagen Arteon Takes Aim at the Luxury Market with an Affordable Price Tag

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Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen has finally given us a replacement for the Passat CC: the brand-new Arteon, which VW just revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Four-door grand tourers with coupe-style sloped roofs are becoming more and more popular. The segment already has offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes — exactly the brands that the Arteon is meant to take down. Since the Audi A5 Sportback is built with the same modular MQB architecture, it’s safe to say the Arteon will get Audi-like cabin space, just at a more affordable price. The nine-foot-long wheelbase and near-six-foot-wide track seems to back that up.

The Arteon’s design alone makes a statement of intent to the mid-level luxury party it’s trying to crash. Volkswagen as of late has been moving away from playful, soft-edged designs and more towards refined, sharp angles and creases. For example, one standout feature on the Arteon is the merging of the grille and headlights to form a crisper, cleaner front end. The car also borrows a clamshell-style hood from the Audi design playbook, which only furthers the impression of a tailored and well-pressed-suit.

Under the hood, VW is giving the Arteon six different engine options. But for a car this big, what you want is the 276 horsepower 2.0 TSI mated to the seven-speed DSG in the R-Line trim.

There’s no word on pricing just yet, but there are rumors circulating on the Geneva show floor that it could cost between $40,000 and $50,000. We’ll know for sure when the Arteon goes on sale early in 2018.

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