Days after the last Passat CC rolled out of the factory, Volkswagen has released a sketch of its replacement dubbed “ The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon ”. The name, Volkswagen says is derived from art and eon. The “art” part of the name refers to the vehicle’s lines while the “eon” part identifies the sedan as a premium model. However, from the scanty details the automaker has released, it is easy to confuse the sedan for a hatchback or a 4-door coupe due to its slanting rear design. According to the sketches released by the automaker, the Arteon looks to be largely inspired by the Sport Coupe GTE concept we saw earlier this year at the Geneva Auto show. Read along to find out more:
2018 Volkswagen Arteon Exterior and Interior
Although we are yet to see a clear design of the model, I understand that the Arteon design is inspired by the Sport Coupe GTE concept which itself is inspired by the regular Passat. As such, the model will stay close to the Passat design we are accustomed to. In fact, the new model is a muscular and sportier version of the Passat. It will ride on the MQB platform that the automaker uses in a couple of other models including the outgoing Passat CC.
Likely exterior features will include LED matrix headlamps and it will likely ride on 19-inch alloy wheels. The Arteon also has a curved clamshell hood. Its roofline tapers into its hatchback-like rear fascia. This gives the model a rather unique design that shares traditional sedan design with coupe and hatch cues.
On the inside, expect the Arteon’s seats to be wrapped in Nappa leather. Front seats will be heated and ventilated with the former offered for the rear seats. I expect the automaker to come with a digital dash christened “Active Info Display” as well as the first ever head-up display for a Volkswagen model. In addition, there will likely be a 9.2-inch main display. This will be the most advanced driver interface in a Volkswagen model to date. The model will also come with a long list of driving assist systems, which takes the automaker close to autonomous driving.
Engine specs and performance
Although the Arteon exterior borrows much from the Sport Coupe GTE, I don’t expect the model too borrow its drive-train. VW has confirmed that the Arteon will have a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder turbocharged mill that produces 276 horses. This is the most potent engine on the Passat lineup and it is also used on the Skoda Superb. The engine will be mated with a 6-speed DSG as well as a 4Motion AWD system.
The GTE’s 3.0 L, V-6 hybrid mill might be offered later on. A 2.0 L, diesel mill that produces 148 horses on the current Passat may also be offered.
Price and release date
The Arteon is set to make a public debut at Geneva Auto show next year with sales set to commence next year in the summer. The car primarily targets the European market. In Germany, the Arteon will be sold for €35,000 and £30,000 in the UK. This price makes it £4,500 more costly than the CC. The Arteon name has only been trademarked in Germany but the automaker will offer it in the U.S., China and Middle East in future.
The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon is set to advance the Passat’s rivalry against premium compact sedans including the likes of BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, not forgetting its close cousin, the Audi A4.