Volkswagen has revealed what will will be its star at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March – a sleek new four-door coupe saloon called the Arteon.
VW bosses say it’s a “totally new model” that will sit above the Passat saloon in the manufacturer’s range and replace the current CC, although they’re also keen to stress that the Arteon is a step up in class and isn’t a direct replacement.
VW Arteon will be pitched as a rival to the BMW4 Series Gran Coupe and will hit showrooms next summer, with prices from around £30,000. As well as boasting sleek coupe styling, the Arteon will introduce a new “horizontally accentuated” brand look.
“The sketches reveal that the design stays true to the Sport Coupe Concept GTE unveiled last year”
The large grille with horizontal slats extends into the 3D-styled headlamps, while LED exterior lights will emphasise the car’s premium image.
The sketches also reveal that the design stays true to the Sport Coupe Concept GTE unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, which previewed the production model.
In addition, VW has confirmed that the Arteon will feature frameless windows, as well as a maximum 1,700-litre load area with the rear row of seats folded flat.
No images of or details about the interior have been revealed but, given the coupe’s position in the range, we’re expecting an emphasis on technology. Features such as Volkswagen’s Active Info Screen cockpit display should come as standard, while gesture control from the facelifted Golf could also find its way into the newcomer.
The Arteon’s engine range is likely to mirror the Passat’s, which means it will get four-cylinder turbo petrols and diesels. But the Sport Coupe Concept GTE debuted a 374bhp 3.0-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain, which could eventually make it into showrooms in an Arteon GTE. That powertrain claimed fuel economy of 118mpg and CO2 emissions of 46g/km.