The Volkswagen Arteon arrives in America, gracefully

Many cars are designed to not make much of a statement, to blend into the ground like a pair of black shoes. If you want your vehicle to go unnoticed on the street and the valet stand, the new Volkswagen Arteon will not be for you.

Coming to America later this year, the U.S. version of the Arteon four-door coupe arrives as the new flagship of Volkswagen in America. Bigger in most dimensions than the outgoing CC, with the latest in available automotive tech and comfort features, the Arteon combines a powerful engine with a spacious interior, all wrapped in one of the most beautiful designs to ever wear a VW badge.

“We wanted to offer a premium model in the midsize sedan world that would really catch the eye,” said Stefanie Obenhaupt, Volkswagen Group of America’s director of product marketing for full-size vehicles. “The Arteon will help shape the VW brand in America.”

Begin with the lights: Full LED units all around the car curve gracefully into chrome bars on the grille that span the entire width of the Arteon’s front. The hood builds upon the visual width by stretching to cover the top of the fenders, while the side silhouette builds on a chrome-surrounded window opening and a sizable rear hatch with integrated spoiler, with wheel choices up to 20 inches. Higher trim lines offer a panoramic sunroof and a power hatch that opens with a kick of your foot. (For those whose states require front license plates, there’s a snap-in adapter that preserves the lines in the grille).

2019 Volkswagen Arteon


“The Arteon combines the design elements of a traditional sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback,” says Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand. “It’s an avant-garde business class gran turismo that speaks to the heart and the head alike.”

Built off the MQB architecture, the Arteon’s power comes from a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine, making 268 horsepower.1 The engine is paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, with optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive. The Arteon will be fitted with the DCC adaptive damping system, allowing drivers to choose different suspension modes, from Comfort to Sport. Optional driver assistance features range from automatic cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic to parking assist, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam adjustment.2

On the inside, the Arteon’s available tech list begins with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a 12-inch screen that replaces the traditional gauges with customizable displays. The 8-inch touchscreen entertainment system can be maxxed out with a 700-watt, 11-speaker Dynaudio premiumsound system. There’s also available three-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and even massaging front seats for those long trips.

Despite the coupe profile, rear-seat head room is ample, thanks to the long wheelbase, and the combination of hatchback and folding rear seats give the Arteon a sizable expanse of cargo space.

Pricing for the Arteon will be revealed closer to its on-sale date anticipated for this fall, but it will carry a sticker price that starts around that for a fully optioned mid-size sedan.