The 2017 Geneva Auto Show was the chosen place to finally reveal the 2018 Arteon, a good-looking sedan that will replace the highly successful CC model. Volkswagen has been talking about this new sedan since a while ago but we haven’t a real chance until now to see how exactly it looked like.
This ultra-sexy entry-level luxury sedan will compete with widely known models that have been doing the right things for this particular set of customers, like the Audi A4, the Mercedes-Benz C-class, or the younger Alfa Romeo Giulia.
After a few tough years for the German carmaker, what is their goal now? What we can expect from Volkswagen is the finest quality possible, as always. We need to know if the 2018 Arteon will be the rule or the exception.
Powertrain and Mechanics
As the other rivals in this highly competitive segment, the 2018 Arteon will have multiple engine setups at hand, all of them based on turbocharged inline-four powerplants. The entry one will be a 1.5-litre TSI engine that will generate up to 148 horsepower.
Then we have two different versions of a 2.0-litre TSI powerplant that will make 188 or 276 horsepower, depending on the chosen version. The diesel option will be a 2.0-litre engine, capable of generating 148, 188, or 236 horsepower, again, depending on the version.
Front-wheel drive and 4MOTION layouts will be available, along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the latter inaccessible to US customers.
The most recent modular MQB architecture from Volkswagen is debuting on the 2018 Arteon, which is something that gives us a great idea about the kind of experience we can expect on the road. There are no details about the performance or the fuel efficiency, so we have to wait a few months for those.
Intimidating Looks and Techy Approach
No one can call the 2018 Arteon ugly. We can see how the design team at Volkswagen, led this time by Tobias Sühlmann, accomplished such a great work. Once this model hits the market, it will sincerely become one of the sexiest, most modern designs in the entry-level luxury segment.
This pseudo-grand tourer has similar dimensions to the Passat, its close sibling, despite looking so sleek and intimidating. A fantastic, one-of-a-kind six-blade grille with slim LED are in charge of the attractive front fascia. Looking it from the rear, it may disappoint.
But it’s inside the cabin where Volkswagen raised the bar, once again. The design of the interior is simply exquisite, using only but the finest materials in the segment. The headroom feels spacious and every surface delivers a premium feeling.
Included tech features are extraordinary, including a digital cockpit with TFT screens and LED lighting with predictable cornering lights. Thanks to the wide array of cutting-edge features present in the different trims, we think that the 2018 Arteon will be one of the techiest alternatives out there.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Arteon is not only a sexy bet from Volkswagen to dominate the entry-level luxury segment but an incredibly well-packed sedan. The regular and Elegance trims, along with an optional sporty package, will probably deliver a satisfying experience.
The base price hasn’t been announced yet but the estimated is around US$35,000.