New 2018 VW Arteon Four-Door Coupe Is The CC’s More Upscale Replacement

This is the all-new VW Arteon, the replacement for the CC which is going to be positioned above the Passat in the brand’s range as a premium offering.

Based on VW’s modular MQB platform, the new Arteon sits on a long 2,841mm (111.8 in) wheelbase, measuring 4,862mm (191.4 in) long, 1,871mm (73.6 in) wide and 1,427mm (56.1 in) tall.

The company is calling the Arteon a premium Gran Turismo, giving it a distinctive front end, a set of powerful shoulder lines and a low roofline among other design features.

“The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way”, said Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon’s exterior design. “In contrast to classic saloons, the gran turismo offers more space and flexibility thanks to its long wheelbase, coupé-like fastback design and large rear hatch.”

The new VW Arteon will be available initially with six petrol and diesel engines, starting from 148hp (150PS) in the case of the new 1.5-litre TSI petrol, followed by the 2.0-litre TSI which is offered in 187hp (190PS) and 276hp (280PS) versions.

If you prefer a diesel engine, then you have to choose the 2.0-litre TDI engine, offered in the 148hp (150PS), 187hp (190PS) or the range-topping 236hp (240PS) version. The base petrol engine, as well as the 148hp and the 187hp diesel models are coming with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The rest of the range gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic from the get-go while the more powerful petrol and diesel models will be all-wheel drive only.

The interior follows the familiar lines of the Passat, only in this case VW has thrown all their latest tech features, including the Active Info Display, as seen in the Golf and of course a range of their latest infotainment systems with a screen size from 6.5 and 9.2 inches in diameter.

And because this is a premium model, the Arteon also gets ambient lighting, with a strip running right under the air vent and continuing into the door panels. VW also claims that the interior legroom for the rear passengers is the best in class, thanks to the long wheelbase. The rear bench also offers seating for three, with the two outer seat positions to feature the ergonomic character of individual seats.

As expected, the Arteon will offer a wide range of driver assistance systems, including the latest generation of the company’s adaptive cruise control, Emergency Assist, Lane Assist, Proactive occupant protection and more.

VW’s move to push upmarket the new Arteon shows the company’s intentions to rival cars like the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback and also means that prices will be set at a higher level than the equivalent Passat.

We’ve updated this story with images from the Geneva show

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  • Nik

    VW finally did hire some car designer?

    • Six_Tymes

      yes, the Same one that honda uses.

      • TheHake

        Or Renault maybe?

    • pcurve

      Just the exterior designer.

    • psiqtas

      Yeep from Audi this time…they recycled the A7 face-lift sketches (history repeats)…

  • OdysseyTag

    Really pleased to see how it ended up looking. Stylish, edgy and more importantly carrying hints of VW’s future family face. Especially like it’s side profile, back looks like the ongoing CC however.

  • Bob

    Who exactly is running things at VW? Satan?

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      i wish satan could..
      at least satan wouldn’t have been cheating engines..

  • nastinupe

    Looks good. The interior looks a little bland but overall not bad at all. I could see people actually considering this over a Camry or Accord or Malibu or Mazda 6.

    • Akira

      Except the CC is way more expensive than those cars.

  • Adi

    Why did they draw all those interior sketches when the interior looks exactly like the one in Passat

    • Sébastien

      they ran out of budget, you know dieselgate and stuff

  • Karl

    Very nice,the interior could have been made more modern though.

  • DMJ

    I dont like the result, the back reminds me the liftbacks from the 80s and 90s. But at least VW did something different and not boring as usual.

  • Nordschleife

    i was hoping that it wouldn’t have that continuous vent but in the grand scheme of things I do like it.

    • Dustin

      I just realized that the interior vent shares the style of the front grille, with its two long strips of chrome.

  • rover10

    Suddenly, it’s become more Audioque. That may not be a bad thing,in itself, but a bit confusing for prospective customers? In truth, this looks visually more desirable than the new A5, which again,highlights and interesting dilemma for the WV Group?

  • Felipe Politano

    I really wanted to bring myself to like this car, since it’s apparently VW’s first REAL design effort in ages… but there’s no gettng around that short stubby nose and economy-car dash-to-axle ratio. Nice try, though.

  • Well the more I look at it…the less it gets me excited.

  • Joel Serpico

    Now everybody gonna copy this new vw grill. Kudos VW

  • antbee

    I like the black turbine-looking wheels on the yellow one. What bothers me though, is that it is supposed to be an R Line model, but it still has the bright chrome window surrounds and along other parts of the car. The interior is black, the wheels are black, so why not black out the brightness of the chrome? Otherwise, I do like the car, as I’ve always liked the CC.
    Oh, another question. Is the Arteon sharing the same hood as the Audi A5? They look very similar, to me.

  • salamOOn

    overall shape is uglier (almost) audi a7 with boring interior…..

  • Fat and fish-like.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes
  • MEH.

  • supermanuel

    Looks a bit ‘stodgy’ to me.

  • Matthijs

    The CC looked slightly better but this looks great too. Although I really dislike the nose. Interior is a bit boring but looks upscale

  • Sébastien

    So VW just got itself a Skoda Superb competitor?
    Same engines etc… Similar wheelbase too.
    And it’s just a Passat interior with the latest Golf entertainment unit

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’m underwhelmed.

  • NohchiBorz

    Id say cool… If not the fwd proportions.

  • Me

    This car is quite large. Definitely not competing with BMW 4 Gran Coupes or Audi A5 Sportbacks. The CC was in the next class size up.

    It would be in the Audi A7 Sportback or BMW 5 Gran Touring category.

    • supermanuel

      no it isnt. CC is just a rebodied passat which is A5 ad 4 Series equivalent

  • Hoe
  • Dennis Scipio

    The Design is not bad, but it will have to get used to.

  • Great design .

  • EddyCj

    I must admit this VW looks good!

  • ZYGIUS

    More FARTEON to me

  • Ty

    Wow….that thing is looking GOOD!

  • nauticalone

    Yep…looks quite nice overall!

  • António

    It’s a VW that looks like a Renault that looks like a VW…

    • TheHake

      Exactly!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Really like this. I think our CC replacement is here.

  • TheHake

    It looks gorgeous! But wtf is up that VW won’t give us a proper fast Passat? What about a 2.9 twin turbo VR6???

  • Vassilis

    Really good looking car!

  • Matt

    Is the sedan getting the new infotainment system any soon? I mean in Europe.

  • Enter Ranting

    It should be renamed the ZZ, because it’s so boring. But it somehow also manages to be clunky and awkward at the same time. Well, at least the reliability will be terrible…

  • john1168

    This is pretty nice! I like it. If things don’t workout with me and the new Stinger, I may seriously consider this. I do wish it had more power and the C pillar looks like it’s right off the Chevy Malibu but that’s not a bad thing as it looks really good.

  • KidRed

    Very handsome, especially the R versions.

  • BlackPegasus

    While this car isn’t offensive, I wouldn’t go as far to call it exciting. Plenty of reminders of its Passat underpinnings and CC influence. The interior is a letdown to say the least, and I doubt your neighbors will realize it’s an all new Volkswagen from the rear quarters. The Kia Stinger sports sedan may turn heads before the Arteon.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I can see this being cross-shopped against the Kia Stinger in the 40k price range. But would they actually bring this to the US? I can’t see them doing that.

  • I would like to love it or hate it… But just gives me no emotions.

    • Bash

      sounds like a VW add.. lol

  • SteersUright

    Truly beautiful sedan in the boring midsize class. I hope it drives as nice as it looks.

  • Daniel

    “…the company’s intentions to rival cars like the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback”
    Of course. Why try and snatch customers only from competitors when you can do it from your own luxury brand as well?

  • bingbang

    where has this website been all my life. Car and Driver didn’t cover any of this.

    • Robert

      Doesn’t surprise me. If Car & D#ck rider isn’t getting payed for some reason or another they won’t bother. 😉

  • Mike Gonzalez

    is it me or these two look way too familiar?! specially the middle front
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04d564ab119e659a1ec4692b3b49f07334dc5ec196671da46968173b0c91d17e.jpg

  • michealm

    Honestly, if it didn’t have a VW badge, I would wonder of it was the next Hyundai Sonata (if we didn’t already see it). My reasons, the line that runs under the windows, rear wheel that hugs the end of the back door. Admittedly, I bought a Sonata simply because the CC was too expensive for what it offered.

  • ww

    With the pillar between the doors, how exactly is this a coupe? More of a sedan, no?