A batch of fresh spy photos has just revealed that the works on the Volkswagen CC’s successor are well underway. According to official statements, the upcoming model will go on sale under the new name Arteon. The German automaker is expected to reveal the all-new sedan next march at the 2017 Geneva motor show. Rumor has it that the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon could very well make its way to the U.S. market. The model should reportedly fill the flagship sedan role for VW instead of the discontinued Phaeton. Some sources even speculate about a wagon variant of the new Arteon VW, although that isn’t a very likely scenario.
2018 Volkswagen Arteon Design
In terms of styling, the Sport Coupe GTE concept has already previewed the new Arteon’s looks. The concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show presented a more dynamic appearance that strays far from a regular Passat. A similar styling has been spotted on the test prototypes as well. In that regard, expect the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon to feature a much more handsome sheet metal than its predecessor. The model will also ride on the company’s flexible MQB platform. It will be longer than before, measuring around 190 inches in length, with a wheelbase of 119 inches. Compared to the current model whose wheelbase is only 107 inches, the Arteon will boast a much more spacious cabin.
Inside, expect the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon to offer a stylish space with upscale-looking accents. The cabin will get leather-trimmed seats and two-tone stitching, as well as a number of wood accents. It will also receive an infotainment system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen that responds to voice commands and hand gestures. The list of driver aids will include park assist, lane keeping, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and other features.
2018 Volkswagen Arteon Engine Range
The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon’s base engine will come in the form of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI. This turbocharged engine should churn out around 270 horsepower. Instead of the dual-clutch automatic gearbox found in the Passat CC, the Arteon will use an Aisin eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen is also expected to offer a gas-electric version of its new sedan. It is most likely to use a similar hybrid setup found in the Passat GTE.
The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon will be a crucial part of the company’s efforts to reestablish itself on the U.S. market. However, it remains to be seen whether it will have what it takes to become as successful as expected.