Volkswagen unveiled the all-new 2019 Arteon at last week’s Chicago Auto Show before coming to the Feb 16-25 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.
The newest Volkswagen flagship offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, innovative technology, and available 4Motion all-wheel drive.
The Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, which allows for a more cab-backward design, giving Arteon a completely different look than the outgoing CC.
Arteon’s wheelbase is more than five inches longer than the CC — 111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches and is paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. Arteon is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space.
The exterior design immediately sets Arteon apart from its competitors. A true fastback, it harkens more to luxury models with its wide, planted stance and sloping rear roofline.
Standard features include KESSY keyless access and push-button start, three-zone Climatronic automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
The Arteon’s technology offerings extend beyond the cabin to include a comprehensive suite of available driver assistance technology.
A rearview camera is standard, along with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist); High Beam Control (Light Assist); Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) including Park Distance Control; and Overhead View Camera (Area View).
The new Arteon will be powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine, making 268 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque.
The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission; 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. Arteon features a standard DCC adaptive damping system, which manages the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle dynamics, and a standard Start-Stop system designed to help improve fuel efficiency.
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