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NY preview: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line

by Drew Johnson

VW will show off the sporty R-Line variant of its new Arteon in NY.

Volkswagen has unveiled its sporty R-Line package for the company's upcoming Arteon four-door coupe. VW will show the Arteon R-Line for the first time in the flesh at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.

As with other VW products, the Arteon's R-Line treatment is strictly cosmetic, but the package does give the four-door a more sporting vibe. Exterior enhancements of the R-Line package include unique 19- or 20-inch wheels, a restyled front bumper, R-Line air inlets, a gloss black rear spoiler and R-Line badging.

The interior of the Arteon R-Line is upgraded with contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, metallic accents, a black headliner, stainless steel pedal covers and stainless steel sill covers complete with the R-Line logo. VW even went to the trouble to include the R-Line logo within the startup screen of the Arteon's infotainment system.

Like all Arteon models, the R-Line will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder developing 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed auto will be the only transmission on offer, but buyers will be able to pick between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

VW hasn't announced pricing for any 2019 Arteon model, but the automaker says the CC-replacing four-door coupe will arrive in dealer showrooms by the fall.