VW’s Arteon Sedan

2018-05-16 06:01
PHOTO: Wheels24Design elements of a sports car, elegance and space of a gran turismo.

PHOTO: Wheels24Design elements of a sports car, elegance and space of a gran turismo.

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THE totally new developed model emphasises emotionality in the premium class. In addition to a new and emotive outline, Volkswagen is also introducing with the Arteon a highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look.

The bars of the radiator grille extend into the three-dimensional front headlights, while LED lighting elements additionally emphasise the striking layout and demonstrate dominance.

The five-door gran tourismo impresses through revolutionary design and great practical value in use. While the doors’ frameless windows reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer, the top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate provides optimum access to the huge boot.

Pricing for the VW Arteon 2.0 TDI 130kW Elegance DSG model starts from R599 900. See full pricing list at the end of this article.

Wheels24’s Sergio Davids is attending the launch over the next two days, so look out for his driving impression later this week.

The name Arteon - with the emphasis put on the first syllable - is made up of two component parts: ‘Art’ describes the fastback’s harmonious lines and emotionality. The ending ‘eon’ identifies it, in the same way as Volkswagen’s top model for the Chinese market, the Phideon, as a premium model.

Efficient TSI and TDI engines

The new Arteon is launching with two turbocharged direct fuel injection engines. All of the engines have four cylinders. The diesel engine delivers 130kW while the powerful TSI delivers 206kW.

Dual clutch gearbox for all versions: All of the engines are only available with an automated dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The TSI engine also has 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. The diesel models have front-wheel drive. Dynamic Chassic Control is standard across the range.

Diesel engine: The four-cylinder diesel 2.0 TDI with 130kW power output has 350 Nm of torque that is available between 1 608and 3 500rpm. The combined fuel consumption is 5.6 litres per 100 kilometers. The engine is available with a 6-speed DSG transmission.

Petrol engine: The top of the range petrol engine is the 2.0 TSI with 206kW power output. It has 350 Nm of torque that is available from 1700 up to 5600rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in 5.6 seconds and has top speed of 250km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 7.3 litres/100km. The 206kW engine is only available with a 7-speed DSG transmission.

Equipment lines of the Arteon - elegant and sporty

The gran turismo will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’. The standard configuration of the Arteon Elegance is focused primarily on sophisticated and classic styling features. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness even more at the heart of the vehicle’s configuration - as is typical of all Volkswagen R-Line models.

Combining avant-garde design with a high level of versatility was the key objective for designers and developers of the Arteon. This resulted in an interior architecture which is exceptionally spacious - with ample head and leg room at all seats - which is extraordinary for this body form.

Key design elements of the charismatic Arteon include its completely new front end, in which the LED headlights and daytime running lights merge with the chrome-plated crossbars of the radiator grille and the bonnet. The car’s remarkable shoulder section is another defining feature of its design. The five-seat Arteon is an ideal avant-garde alternative - a car for people who want a five-door fastback with an accomplished, elegant design and progressive technology.

Other equipment features making their debut in the Arteon include the latest generation of driver assistance systems. Interesting features have been added that are typically reserved for luxury vehicles. This unique combination makes the Arteon one of the most attractive products in its segment.

Rear section follows styling of a classic sports car

The shoulder section is athletic and muscular. Viewed from the rear, it is easy to see just how dominant the shoulder sections of this fastback are. The muscular form stretches to the side and into the rear bodywork.

From a slightly elevated perspective this produces a rear end design which, in its lines - a coupé-shaped glasshouse (roof and glass surfaces) on strong flanks - follows the example of a classic sports car and yet offers the volume of a business class gran turismo. Also creating a powerful image from this perspective is the striking width of the Arteon. Creating an unmistakable design at night are the concise LED tail lights with a dynamic indicator function.

Expressive colours

The styling lines of the Arteon are as precise as they are dynamic, and they are accentuated by many new exterior body colours. These include the distinctive hues “Curcuma Yellow”,

“Atlantic Blue” and “Chili Red”. Fitting in well with the progressive character of the Arteon is “Curcuma Yellow”, for instance - a colour inspired by a sense of lightness and sunshine, and which accentuates the sporty character of the new gran turismo.

The Arteon Elegance has the standard specifications:


• Chrome wing mirror caps

• LED tail lights with dynamic indicator light function

• 18-inch ‘Muscat’ alloy wheels

• Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork

• Heated windscreen washer jets

• Chrome strips on side windows

• LED tail lights

• LED headlights with LED daytime running lights

• Alloy wheels (from 18-inch)

• Keyless Go locking system


• Aluminium pedals

• Instruments, dashboard and door panels with individualised look and trim in brushed alluminium

• Contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats

• Seat covers in Nappa leather

• Stainless steel door tread plates, front and rear

• Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, AUX-IN and USB (Apple-compatible)

• 3-zone electronically controlled air conditioning system

• Multifunction steering wheel in leather (with shift paddles on DSG models)

• Driver Alert System

• Progressive steering

The Arteon R-Line, in addition, includes the following features:


• ‘C’-signature of the front air intakes in high-gloss black

• 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloy wheels

• Heated windscreen washer jets

• Unique R-Line bumpers

• Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork

• Chrome-plated exhaust system tailpipes

• Black boot lid spoiler

• Privacy glass

• Power folding mirrors


• Leather sports multi-function steering wheel in R-Line design

• Aluminium pedals

• Roof liner in ‘Titanium Black’

• Stainless steel door tread plates front and rear with R-Line logo on front plates

• Nappa Leather/Carbon Style seats with R-Line logo

• Front seat heating


New Arteon Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)

VW Arteon 2.0 TDI 130kW Elegance DSG - R599 900

VW Arteon2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG - R649 900

VW Arteon2.0 TSI 206kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG - R699 900

The new Arteon comes standard with a 5 year or 90 000km. Maintenance Plan, 3 year or 120 000km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000km.



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