2018 Volkswagen Arteon

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.

Competition

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.