2018 Volkswagen Arteon: The next chapter in VW’s four-door coupe history

2018 Volkswagen Arteon

When Volkswagen ended the production of the CC or the “Comfort Coupe”, it closed the first chapter in its four-door coupé history. However, it didn’t take long for VW to start the next chapter with the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line

New Beginning

The next chapter started on March 7th at 2017 Geneva International Motor Show where VW globally launched the Arteon.

Even though the Arteon is larger, longer, and wider than the CC, it is actually lighter than its predecessor because of VW’s aluminum-intensive MQB architecture.

The Arteon takes the four-door coupé concept established by the CC to the next level by adopting VW’s new design language. The dynamic, yet sleek design of the Arteon was penned by Tobias Sühlmann under the direction of VW’s design chief, Klaus Bischoff.

When the Arteon goes on sale later this year as a 2018 model, it will be available in three trim levels; base, Elegance, and R-Line.


When the Arteon goes on sale in June, European customers will be able to choose from six engine options consisting of three diesel and three petrol motors. U.S. customers, however, might have to settle with just the 2.0 L turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine with either 188 or 276 horsepower.

In Europe, the base gasoline engine is a 1.5 L TFSI  four-cylinder unit with 148 hp, while the optional engine is the 2.0 L TFSI four-cylinder unit with either 188 or 276 hp. All the diesel engines are 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder motors with either 148, 188, and 236 horsepower.

Arteon models powered by the base gasoline or diesel engines are backed by either a six or an optional seven-speed DSG transmission and send power exclusively to the front wheels. The mid-range gasoline engine is backed by a seven-speed DSG transmission and send power only to the front wheels, while the mid-range diesel engine gets either a six or a seven-speed DSG transmission and sends power to the front wheels or to all four wheels via the optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The top-of-the-range gasoline and diesel engines are backed by seven-speed DSG transmission and send power to all four wheels via the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Right Rear Three Quarters

Exterior Features

The design of the Arteon is very dynamic and striking. All Arteon models come standard with LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, chrome strips on side windows, LED taillights, aluminum alloy wheels, and keyless go access. The Elegance models add chrome mirror door caps, LED taillight with dynamic indicator light function, 18-inch “Muscat” aluminum-alloy wheels, continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork, and heated windshield washer jets. The R-Line trim adds 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 strip on lower bodywork, and chrome plated exhaust tips.

2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Dashboard

Interior Features

Inside, all Arteon models come standard with front and rear stainless steel door kickplates, electronically controlled air conditioning, six-way power adjustable front seats, leather multifunction steering wheel (with paddle shifts on DSG-equipped models), and Composition Media infotainment system with eight speakers, AUX-IN, and USB ports. The Elegance trim adds contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats, aluminum-look pedal covers, Alcantara/”Vienna” leather seating surfaces, and heated front seats. The R-Line trim adds titan black headliner, front and rear stainless steel door kickplate with R-Line logo, aluminum-look pedal covers, R-Line specific steering wheel, and heated front seats.

Expectations… Met

The CC was a groundbreaking vehicle for VW and it looks like the Arteon will build on the legacy established by its predecessor. So far, the Arteon meets all the expectations of a four-door coupé and it looks good while doing it.

As of this writing, VW has not announced the pricing for the Arteon. But, we can assume that the entry price for this new four-door coupé will be slightly more premium than the Passat.

Information and Image Source: Volkswagen USA

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