VW unveils new Arteon gran turismo at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 8, 2017

The long wait is over for the newest offering from German carmaker Volkswagen – the new Volkswagen Arteon. This new four-door grand tourer (gran turismo) is making its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Subbing in for the Volkswagen CC four-door fastback, the new VW Arteon – in terms of size -- will be slotted above the VW Passat and below the China-only Phideon sedan. Its dimensions are 4,862 mm in length, 1,871 mm in width and 1,427 mm in height as well as a wheelbase of 2,841 mm. This means that the Arteon is around 9.4 cm longer, 4 cm wider and 2.8 cm lower than the Passat.

Its wheelbase is also 5 cm longer than that of the Passat. Although both the Passat and the Arteon are underpinned by the same platform -- Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) – the latter offers more legroom and more cabin space enough to comfortably accommodate up to five occupants.

Exterior Design

The new Arteon features a new styling approach for Volkswagen. This new design language is easily distinguishable on the front and rear ends of the new Arteon, as first seen on the VW Sports Coupe Concept GTE that was unveiled in the 2015 edition of the Geneva Motor Show. In fact, looking closely, the Arteon seems to be a re-named and subtly revised version of the Sports Coupe Concept GTE.

It is safe to say that the Arteon and the Sports Coupe Concept GTE are twins, save for some details on the rear. From the long bonnet, muscular wings, radiator grille, crossbars, headlight units, lines, body curves to the roofline, side panels and flared wheelarches – the Arteon is basically a copy of the Sports Coupe Concept GTE. However, a few things are different on the rear, like the graphics of the tail light and the layout of the rear bumper.

Perhaps, the most distinctive visual element of the new Arteon is its radiator grille that continues through and to the headlights. The upper two chrome-plated crossbars of the grille extend to meet the headlight units and continue to the sides – thereby covering the full width of the Arteon.

Interior Design

The interior of the new Arteon is quite roomy and offers generous luggage space – thanks to the decision to change the body style from a four-door coupe to a grand tourer. The Arteon offers up to 19.9 cubic feet (563 liters) of cargo space, which can be expanded to 55 cubic feet (1,557 liters) when the seats are folded down.

The two-tone nappa leather interior is also home to front seats with massage function, heated steering wheel and three-zone automatic air conditioning as well as Active Info Display, a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen.

When offered, the new VW Arteon comes in three different equipment lines: base, Elegance and R-Line.


In terms of core unit, the new Volkswagen Arten is available with six turbocharged direct fuel injection four-cylinder engines (three petrol and three diesel) with power output ranging from 110 kW (150 PS) to 206 kW (280 PS).

The base petrol engine is a 1.5-liter TSI Evo that delivers 110 kW (150 PS), as accompanied by two 2.0-liter TSI powerplants with outputs of 140 kW (190 PS) and 206 kW (280 PS). The three 2.0-liter TDI engines have outputs of 110 kW (150 PS), 140 kW (190 PS) and 176 kW (240 PS).

All engines – except for the 1.5-liter TSI – could be mated to either a manual transmission or an automated dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The 1.5-liter TSI is only available with the manual transmission. Power is channeled to either the front wheels or all four wheels.

Press Release


Volkswagen is adding the avant-garde Arteon Gran Turismo to its lineup and will reveal the vehicle to a global audience for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19 March). Volkswagen Head Designer Klaus Bischoff says: "The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike."

Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon's exterior design, further explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans."

The new Arteon was designed on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). The architecture allows for a long, 111.9- inch wheelbase and for short overhangs on the 191.4-inch long body. With a width of 73.7 inches and a height of 56.2 inches, the Arteon delivers truly dynamic proportions and a visual starting point for the Volkswagen designers.

One of the most important design elements of the Arteon is the completely new front section. Stand-out features include a hood that extends a long way forward and over both fenders and a radiator grille that encompasses the vehicle's full width. The standard LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights combine with the chrome-plated crossbars of the radiator grille and hood. The powerful shoulder section at the rear, the muscular fenders, the waistline, and the flared wheelarches are also reminiscent of a sports car.

Just 24 months ago, Volkswagen unveiled the Sport Coupé Concept GTE, which was one of the stars of the Geneva Auto Show in 2015. Klaus Bischoff said then that: "The Sport Coupé Concept GTE is another milestone of expressive design. Unmistakably reinvented, from the first to the last stroke. A stylistic compass. In this concept car, Volkswagen is not only presenting the new design of a new model, but also initial glimpses of a new era in design."

Now that Volkswagen is showing the production version, Klaus Bischoff adds: "The fact that the Arteon has gone into production with only minimal design changes from the show car demonstrates Volkswagen's appetite for innovation. Exactly like the concept car, the Arteon generates that 'I want it' feeling. As forecast in 2015, this car does indeed mark the start of a new design era."

The Arteon takes its place in the Volkswagen model range above the Passat. The new Volkswagen is being produced at the Emden plant and will go on sale in mid June in Germany.

The Arteon reinterprets the Gran Turismo concept with its combination of avant-garde design, sportiness, great flexibility and generous space. There is excellent legroom in the back and generous luggage space of 19.9 to 55.0 cubic feet. On the technical front, the new Volkswagen impresses with six highly efficient engines with power outputs that range from 148 to 276 horsepower, front-wheel and 4Motion® all-wheel drive, plus digitalized displays and controls. Further features include the Active Info Display (Volkswagen Digital Cockpit in the U.S.), a headup display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.

The Arteon's innovative driver assistance systems match its avant-garde looks. Three of the new technologies stand out here. First, the latest generation Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now takes into account data such as speed limits and/or route information and automatically adjusts the speed accordingly. Thanks to the navigation system's GPS and road data, the new dynamic cornering light system with predictive beam control recognizes when a bend is approaching and is already lighting it before the driver actively turns into it. Further added safety is provided by the second generation of Emergency Assist: if the driver becomes incapacitated by illness, the system not only (within its system limits) slows the car down, but now also steers it into the nearside lane, traffic behind permitting.

Despite the high-end looks and equipment, the Arteon is available at an attractive price. In parallel with the high-quality base version, the car will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the Elegance and R-Line®. The Arteon Elegance is focused heavily on luxury and design. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness at its heart. It is possible for the vehicle to be extensively personalized.

Every Arteon model has the following standard features:

Chrome strips on side windows
LED taillights
LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights
Aluminum-alloy wheels
Keyless Go access

Stainless steel door kickplates, front and rear
Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, AUX-IN and USB
Electronically controlled air conditioning system
Leather multifunction steering wheel (with paddle shifters on DSG models)
Six-way power adjustable front seats
Driver assistance and handling systems

Driver Alert System
Progressive steering system
The Arteon Elegance includes the following custom details:

Chrome door mirror caps
LED taillights with dynamic indicator light function
18-inch 'Muscat' aluminum-alloy wheels
Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
Heated windshield washer jets

Contrast stitching on seat covers and floormats
Aluminum-look pedal covers
Alcantara/ “Vienna” leather seating surfaces
Heatable front seats
The Arteon R-Line includes the following custom details:

High gloss black finish of the C-signature in the front air intakes
Leather multifunction R-Line design sport steering wheel
18-inch 'Sebring' aluminum-alloy wheels
Heated windshield washer jets
Special R-Line bumpers
Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
Chrome-plated exhaust tips

'Titan Black' headliner
Stainless steel door kickplates front and rear (with R-Line logo on front plates}
Aluminum-look pedal covers
Alcantara/ “Vienna” leather ('Vienna') seating surfaces with R-Line logo
Special R-Line steering wheel
Heatable front seats
The new Arteon is launching with a range of six turbocharged direct-injection engines. All are four-cylinder units: the entry-level petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI®) engines each develop 148 horsepower. The most powerful TSI gasoline engine delivers 276 hp, while the most powerful TDI produces 236 hp.

All the engines, except the 148-hp TSI in Germany, can be combined with a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the TSI, the DSG is standard for the 188-hp engine and above. In the case of the TDI, it is fitted as standard with the 236-hp version. The most powerful TSI and TDI models also have 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard, while this is available as an option for the 188-hp TDI. All other models have front-wheel drive.

NEDC fuel consumption for the 276-hp gasoline engine is: 25.6 mpg on the urban cycle, 38.6 mpg on the extraurban cycle, and a combined rating of 32.2 mpg.


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