With the Volkswagen CC limping around on its last good leg, the German automaker is already plotting its replacement. Meet the 2018 Arteon, the four-door coupe that will slide into the slot the CC will soon vacate.
Like the CC it will replace, the Arteon will come with the combination of a sleek roofline and four doors to create that four-door coupe look that’s sweeping the luxury segment. Where the Arteon will differ from its predecessor is its more muscular appearance, thanks to its bolder cuts and lines.
The Arteon will also be significantly larger than its predecessor at 191.4 inches (+2.3 inches) long, 73.7 inches (+0.7 inches) wide, and 56.2 inches (+0.4 inches) tall. Its 111.9-inch (+5.2 inches) wheelbase will help improve rear-seat leg room and increase trunk space to 19.9 cubic feet (+6.7 cubic feet) with the seats up.
Like the CC, we expect the standard features on the Arteon to rival some luxury cars. We expect them to include LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, stainless-steel door sill plates, a Composition Media infotainment system with eight speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power front seats, and keyless entry and ignition.
Jumping to the Elegance trim will add 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome lower body trim, Alcantara and leather seats, contrast stitching, and more. There will also be an R-Line model that adds high-gloss-black trim finishes, an R-Line steering wheel, exclusive bumpers, chrome exhaust tips, a “Titan Black” headliner, Alcantara and Vienna leather seats, and more. As an option, buyers can add the Digital Cockpit and a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system.
While Arteon’s global powertrain lineup will include gasoline and diesel engines, the U.S. lineup will, of course, be sans oil-burners. The base engine will likely be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 148 horsepower that ill pair with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The midrange unit will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will produce 188 hp and pair with a seven-speed dual-cutch gearbox. The range-topping engine will likely be a more potent 276-hp version of the 2.0-liter paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Front-wheel drive will, of course, be standard, but buyers can get 4Motion all-wheel drive. In the Global lineup, 4Motion will come standard with the more powerful 2.0-liter engine, while the less-powerful versions will only come with front-wheel drive. The engines we expect to not make it to the U.S. include three 2.0-liter TDI engines with power ranging from 148 to 236 hp.
The Volkswagen CC struggled a bit with the IIHS’ small-overlap test, scoring just a “marginal” rating. This combined with its lack of forward collision mitigation left it out of the running for the Top Safety Pick designation. While Volkswagen didn’t go too far into safety equipment – it only mentioned adaptive cruise and a system that slows the car and moves it to the side if the driver becomes incapacitated – we expect it to feature the latest and greatest in safety tech.
Expect a full review closer to launch.