Meet the updated 2021 Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon has been a stylish sight on American roads since its arrival last year – and for the 2021 model year, the Arteon will get a host of technology and style updates, inside and out, to keep its edge.

Designed to evoke the sportiness of a coupe with the space and flexibility of a midsize sedan, the Arteon comes with a dramatic upgrade with the addition of a new light bar in its grille. Available on mid-level trims and above, the new light bar surrounds the new Volkswagen logo and creates a light signature in day and night driving that’s instantly memorable.

Beyond the grille, several other design features have been updated, from the front apron to the rear badging. Three new available colors – Oryx White, Kings Red Metallic, and Lapiz Blue – also bolsters the Arteon look, while the profile keeps its aerodynamic sleekness with a low drag coefficient of 0.265.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon


Inside, the Arteon interior has been fully renovated with new technology, new materials and new designs. The reworked dash now features Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit as standard, along with an 8-inch Discover Media touchscreen powered by the latest MIB3 entertainment system. MIB3 offers natural voice control, multi-phone pairing that can easily switch between compatible devices, and wireless App-Connect.1

The Arteon will offer the first high-end available sound system designed by audio specialists harman/kardon for Volkswagen. The system uses a 700-watt, 16-channel Ethernet amplifier to power 12 high-performance speakers. The system comes with pre-configured settings, such as Pure, Chill out, Live and Energy, or can be tuned to individual preferences through the entertainment system.

Volkswagen’s interior designers reworked the entire dash, center console and door trims, with upgraded fabrics and leather throughout. Available 30-color ambient lighting, aluminum and leatherette trim surfaces, and even premium stitching give the Arteon more interior ambience than its predecessor.

The technology updates continue with the new generation of multifunction steering wheels featuring digital touch surfaces. The center dash also includes touch controls for the optional three-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control.

For 2021, the Arteon features a simplified trim lineup—SE, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line. The power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting; 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on SEL R-Line models and standard on SEL Premium R-Line models.

This information and any vehicle specifications are preliminary and subject to change.