Volkswagen launches new Arteon sedan


2019 Volkswagen Arteon Arrives In America With 268 Horsepower

Volkswagen on Thursday debuted a new mid-size auto for the USA market to replace the outgoing CC sedan in a bid to increase overall brand sales.

It's a tricky time for sedans, and the Arteon is making its own niche as a premium offering that is larger and nicer than the Passat midsize sedan, but not quite as nice as the Audi A5.

The Arteon is based on Volkswagen's MQB architecture, the same platform found under the skin of the current Golf and 2019 Jetta - and several dozen other products sold through a range of other brands in the VW empire. From the side, Arteon is accented by slit-like exhaust ports that stretch from the creased front fenders into the front doors.

The Arteon comes with a stunning exterior design that features wide stance, acres of chrome, and a sloping roofline. For now, the VW brand remains a small player with market share of 2% in 2017, according to Autodata Corp.

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Inside the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available, in addition to the Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services, Dynaudio premium audio, a panoramic sunroof, and a power trunk. Standard equipment is comprehensive and includes sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces, KESSY keyless access, push-button start, 3-zone Climatronic automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking and rear traffic alert. Adaptive Cruise with stop-and-go capability is one of several optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. While the Euro-spec is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, ours will pack an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox driving either the front or all four wheels. The automaker also will offer 4Motion all-wheel-drive on all trim levels.

The Volkswagen CC is officially done and is being replaced by the 2019 VW Arteon.

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