Volkswagen shows U.S.-spec Arteon in Chicago

by Ronan Glon
2019 Volkswagen Arteon American-Spec - image 1

Volkswagen calls the Arteon its brand-shaper.

Volkswagen introduced the all-new Arteon at last year's edition of the Geneva Auto Show. The brand didn't detail the American-spec model, though. The wait is over: the version of the Arteon we're getting just made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Arteon replaces the CC, which was called Passat CC when it first went on sale. Positioned at the top of the Volkswagen line-up, it shares its modular MQB platform with a growing number of models including the new 2019 Jetta, the seven-seater Atlas, and the second-generation Tiguan. Switching to the MQB platform makes the Arteon about five inches longer than its predecessor.

The specifications sheet looks fairly straight-forward. At launch, the only engine offered will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive an an eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard, while Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system will be offered at an extra cost.

"The Arteon is Volkswagen's brand-shaper. This car is the spiritual successor to the CC but it is bolder and faster. It has the style and performance of a luxury gran turismo for about the price of a fully loaded midsize sedan," promised Hinrich Woebcken, the head of Volkswagen's North American division.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of this year. Additional details (such as the pricing information and performance specifications Woebcken alluded to) will emerge closer to its on-sale date.