2019 VW Arteon Comes To U.S. With 268HP 2.0 Turbo And AWD; Read All The Details

The 2019 VW Arteon made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, boasting a 2.0-liter TSI engine and 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard, along with a multitude of premium features and a class leading warranty.

As standard, you get keyless access and push-button start, climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, 18″ wheels, full LED headlights, rear view camera, Forward Collision Warning, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and DCC adaptive damping.

Available options include the VW Digital Cockpit, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, massaging driver’s seat, and the Dynaudio premium sound system. Customers looking for even more active safety tech can add Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Distance Control, Park Assist and Area View.

“The Arteon is Volkswagen’s brand shaper,” stated North American CEO, Hinrich J. Woebcken. “This car is the spiritual successor to the CC, but it is bolder and faster. Arteon has the style and performance of a luxury Gran Turismo for about the price of a fully loaded midsize sedan.” Unfortunately, U.S. pricing has yet to be announced.

The only available engine will be a 2.0-liter TSI unit, producing 268 HP and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Mated to it is an 8-speed automatic transmission, with 4Motion all-wheel drive available on every trim level. The Arteon also features a 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper transferable Limited Warranty.

VW dealers in the U.S. will welcome the 2019 Arteon in the third quarter of 2018, giving buyers three trim levels to choose from in the SE, SEL and SEL Premium. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect it to start from the low-to-mid $30k range.

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  • Bo Hanan

    VW’s 2.0T engine is a highly stressed engine that doesn’t age well. Can’t imagine it will improve in this 3800lbs 5 seater. 3.6L should have been the base engine.

    • Enter Ranting

      The 2.0T in the GTI I leased was a disaster, but then, so was just about everything on that POS.

    • TheHake

      That engine is not stressed at all!

      • Bo Hanan

        Read the statement above yours.

        • TheHake

          That’s not a GTI engine. It’s the R engine.

          • Bo Hanan

            Gurl Bye!

    • Vassilis

      Yeah it isn’t stressed at all. With an ECU tune it can produce 360hp with no issues what so ever. With an intake, exhaust and intercooler it can produce 420 hp, again with no issues. It’s a great unit.

  • Autoexperte


  • Enter Ranting

    More cheap ugly garbage from VW.

    • DGC

      If Volkswagens are ugly, I hate to see what you think of the Nissan line-up….

  • Christian Wimmer

    I’d love a wagon version of this. In the same color.

    • TheHake

      It’s not getting a wagon version.

  • Liam Paul

    the interior just looks like a after thought, no heart or soul in that design

    • Marty

      Isn’t it the same as in the normal Passat? I think it looks good.

      • TheHake

        Exactly the same.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      There’s the problem for VW. How to make an upmarket interior that doesn’t trump the Audi brand’s.

      • Marty

        Yep, the Passat dashboard usually just borrows its design from Audi 80/A4. Including this one – the full width horisontal vents are from A4.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s also pulling around lighter cars in the Tiguan and GLI.

    • TheHake

      The Tiguan weighs the same as the Arteon.


    Is that fake griile painted over license plate?!

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      No, it’s just a filler piece because every other country in the world requires a front numberplate.

  • Autoexperte

    it´s slow selling like the Phaeton

  • lousydead

    how’s the gas mileage?…….

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      27 monkeys per gallon

  • lousydead

    The front gives me some new Chevy impala vibes. Is this just a re-branded passat? or?

    • TheHake

      It’s longer than the B8 Passat, but lower. Same platform.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Looks like a banana.

  • john1168

    I like it! The passenger side of the dash looks a bit boring but everything else looks great! Hopefully it tops out for less than $50k.


  • DGC

    I thought America hates hatchbacks….

  • BinBin

    Want to suicide when i see the arteon

  • Vassilis

    Specced right it’s a beautiful car. Also, great engine!

  • Denzel

    Are we still getting a new VW CC or is this replacing it??

  • SteersUright

    Add an R version with rear steering (to shrink the massive wheelbase), fast shifting PDK from Porsche (sister brand, and given that DSG feels like a PDK dunked in molasses), 350hp, and read biased AWD. I think they could even ask near $50k for that and it’d stack well against the loaded Kia Stinger, etc.

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