First Look: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

The team at Modded Euros got its’ first look at the all new 2019 VW Arteon over at Waterfest 2018. Of course the Arteon VW featured in their booth was a tad bit different than the one you will see on dealer lots. But we must say it looked pretty good.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon at Waterfest 2018

The fastback design is once again a common theme in new designed coming from Volkswagen with the release of the Volkswagen Arteon. Back in 2008 when VW launched the CC the slanted rear “pseudo coupes’ were just primed to hit market and popularity. But as soon as the CC gained popularity (selling about 30,000 units annually by 2011) they seemed to have dropped as VW did only about 3,000 units in 2016 of the CC. Even despite the facelift refresh which occurred in 2013.

So enter the Arteon. VW’s new attempt at making some dramatic changes to this category in their lineup. Well beyond what the CC or Passat offers. Not only is the styling dramatic but the wheelbase is stretched to 111.7 inches ( 1″ longer than Passat & 5″ longer than the CC).

Roomy, stylish and packed with technology is what the Arteon brings to the table.

This 2.0 liter four cylinder equipped sedan will pack 268 horsepower and a 8 speed automatic transmission. Both FWD and AWD models will be available as well.

Riding on the same MQB transverse setup found in other models, the Arteon will handle pretty well for being a large sized sedan. This can also be thanks to the lower and wider ride than the Passat. Each US spec car will be equipped with DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) which allows drivers to choose between a ride quality of three settings (Comfort, Normal and Sport).

But don’t get this mistaken for a 4 door GTI sedan. As although the Arteon will drive in luxury, it is no performance vehicle. VW claims 0-60 in little under than 6 seconds and she sure isn’t the lightest car out there, weighing in at 3,700 pounds (AWD weight. FWD will weight slightly less).

If you are in the hunt for a mid priced sedan that sports dramatic styling and offers some technology in the cabin, the Arteon could be a good fit. Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and digital cockpit (Upgraded feature which has been in other Audi models) are some nice additions to the interior.

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