Volkswagen has released the first information of its upcoming new four-door coupe, the Arteon, set to arrive as something of a flagship for the brand, despite not being the most expensive model in the Volkswagen range.
First previewed in 2015 by the Sport Coupe Concept and shown for the first time in production guise at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Arteon arrived to take the place of the now-discontinued CC, itself formerly the Passat CC.
Only a single specification will be available to Australian customers, the Arteon 206 TSI R-Line, with a high level of specification and only a small selection of options including 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, metallic and pearl paint, and a Dynaudio sound system.
"A halo car should include the highest level of standard specification and this is just one aspect in which our new gran turismo sets benchmarks," said Volkswagen Australia's general manager of marketing and product, Ben Wilks.
As with the range-topping Passat 206 TS, the Arteon will be powered by a version of the Golf R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 206kW of power and 350Nm of torque (down slightly on the Golf’s 380Nm), teamed with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic and all-wheel drive.
Styling is in the vein of a coupe, with a reduced roof height, frameless door glass, and a liftback rear, closely following the form factor of sister-brand Audi’s A5 Sportback. A longer wheelbase than Passat means the Arteon will offer greater interior length.
Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED adaptive lights, spoiler and R-Line badging with a large 9.2-inch centre touchscreen and Active Info Display on the inside plus a head-up display, Nappa leather trim, heated front and rear seats, keyless entry and start, ambient lighting, and adaptive damper control.
Volkswagen's safety suite is also fully kitted with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a reversing camera with park assist and a pre-crash system that detects a rear collision and braces the seat belt, raises windows and closes the sunroof.
The Arteon will also debut a new emergency system that reacts if the driver has the hands off the wheel for an extended time by sounding a warning, braking, and pulling the car over to the side of the road autonomously should the driver fail to resume control.
Australian pricing will be revealed closer to the vehicle's October launch, but it is estimated to start at over $60,000 putting it line-ball with the Audi A4 and A5 as well as key rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW but still beneath Volkswagen’s more expensive Touareg SUV range.