VW Arteon Flagship Sedan Launched in Chicago

VW Arteon Flagship Sedan Launched in Chicago

M - We finally got our first stateside glimpse of the upcoming 2019 Volkswagen Arteon at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. But for now, let's just see how the regular Arteon sells.

The wheelbase is 5-inches longer and it has shorter overhangs than CC to give it that athletic, sport coupe appearance favored by German luxury brands.

"The Arteon is Volkswagen's brand shaper", the North American Region, Volkswagen CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken said.

The Arteon will be available in SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the third quarter. Overhangs at the front and rear are shorter than in the CC, and the auto is slightly wider and about the same height by comparison.

The Arteon comes with a stunning exterior design that features wide stance, acres of chrome, and a sloping roofline.

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Arteon is offered with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, though 19s are available. Front seats are heated and clad in leatherette, with an option to add Nappa leather, ventilated seated, seat position memory and even a massage function.

Standard features include KESSY keyless access and push-button start, 3-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms-Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.

Safety features include a rear camera, emergency auto braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Arteon will be motivated by VW's familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, hear making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Driver-assistance technologies such as advanced adaptive cruise control (with stop-and-go), semi-automated parking assistance, and a surround-view camera are also available in the Arteon. That's punched out to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Buyers will, however, be able to choose between rear-wheel drive and the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

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