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VW releases clue to its 2017 Arteon design

By raccars Published


Single VW sketch offers early glimpse of CC replacement which will appear in Geneva next year.

VW has shown off the profile of the new Arteon in an official sketch and has made it clear that the premium saloon will play a major part in the brand’s appearance at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

The new VW Arteon, which is the company’s response to BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupe and is a prime replacement for the Volkswagen CC, has also been spotted out testing. It has an undeniably sporty look, thanks to its long rear overhang and flowing roofline, creating a sleek appearance for the all-new model.

A higher-class alternative

The VW Arteon will be positioned above the VW Passat in the brand’s range and will replace the CC when it is discontinued. However, VW stresses that it is a new higher class model and not a direct replacement. The Arteon may even be pitched as Volkswagen’s flagship.

Volkswagen’s teaser image hints that the Arteon will be a sleek and low, four-door coupe with similarities to the Mercedes CLS. This is reinforced by the recent sightings, which reveal a curvier outline than that of the Passat. As expected, the Arteon’s exterior seems to be based on the brand’s Sport Coupe Concept GTE, which appeared at the Geneva Motor Show last year. It has a rounded front end as a result of its clamshell bonnet and its windscreen is raked steeply.

More details to come on the VW Arteon

From the side, it is apparent that the Arteon has a taller shoulder line, together with a roof line befitting a coupe and a sloping rear window. It is thought that the large tail lights seen on the concept will make an appearance but it is not certain if the Sport Coupe Concept’s elaborate LED headlights will make it onto the production car. It is also not yet known whether there will be five seats in the Arteon, like the Passat CC, or whether it will have four seats and a central console.

It is intended to be a rival to the Gran Coupe when it hits the market next autumn and prices look set to start at around £30,000. This price tag indicates the differences between the Arteon and the CC, which has a starting price of £25,475.

New look introduction

VW is claiming that the Arteon will act as an introduction to a ‘horizontally accentuated’ new look for the brand. It will feature a large grille, complete with horizontal slats, which will extend into the headlamps, and LED exterior lights. VW says that the Arteon will also have frameless windows, whilst a top-hinged tailgate will open up to reveal a large boot offering 1,700 litres of storage space when the rear seats are folded flat.

The Arteon will also offer plenty of technological features, including semi-autonomous capabilities and driver assists. VW has yet to reveal the details as to what will be on offer but it is fairly certain that automated emergency braking and lane keep assist technology will feature when the Arteon eventually goes on sale.

VW has confirmed that the Arteon will be based on the MQB platform, although this will be lengthened by 50mm to offer extra legroom for rear seat passengers. Under the bonnet, there will be VW four-cylinder turbo diesel and petrol engines and there could eventually be an Arteon GTE with the 3.0-litre 374bhp petrol and electric hybrid power train seen in the concept. This could deliver 118mpg and release 46g/km in emissions.

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