Volkswagen Australia will return to the premium passenger car market by the end of 2021, with the re-launch of its Arteon halo vehicle.
The 2022 relaunch expands the range over the 2017-2019 model, which was sold with one engine (206TSI) in fastback/liftback guise.
Now the range comes with two petrol engines including a base 140TSI. And as a welcome and on-the-surface surprising bonus – though we reported as much a few months ago – the new ‘shooting brake’ estate variant will come here for the first time, at a $2000 premium.
The 2022 Volkswagen Arteon to be sold here will be the mid-life update version that was revealed for Europe nearly a year ago.
The Arteon fills a niche in the range, slotting in where the Volkswagen CC once sat. It serves as the brand’s closest offering to conventional luxury cars alongside the Touareg SUV.
The Arteon launched in Australia solely as a liftback in November 2017, and the company sold 1306 before putting the car on hiatus. According to VFACTS sales data, Volkswagen last sold one here in April 2020.
Expect the 2022 Arteon to be imported in limited numbers given the small audience for a premium-priced Volkswagen passenger car.
The launch of a new base grade has allowed Volkswagen to squeak the Arteon’s MSRP (before on-roads price) below $60,000 for the first time.
- Arteon 140TSI Elegance liftback: $59,990 (new)
- Arteon 140TSI Elegance Shooting Brake: $61,990 (new)
- Arteon 206TSI R-Line liftback: $66,990 (down $500)
- Arteon 206TSI R-Line Shooting Brake: $68,990 (new)
All prices exclude on-road costs
Two turbocharged petrol engines will be offered, called 140TSI and 206TSI.
The preliminary press release doesn’t lay out all the specs but the core figures are as follows:
The 140TSI is a 2.0-litre turbo producing 140kW of power and 320Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic driving the front wheels. Expect a 0-100km/h time just under 8.0 seconds.
The familiar 206TSI’s 2.0-litre makes a beefier 206kW and 350Nm, and also uses a seven-speed DSG. It also trades in the 140TSI’s front-wheel drive for a 4Motion all-wheel drive system, and slashes the 0-100km/h time to about 5.6 seconds.
This engine is slightly different to the Skoda Superb 200TSI’s petrol particulate filter-equipped 200kW/350Nm unit.
Alas for full-fledged performance devotees, the 235kW Arteon R offered in the UK won’t be coming. Volkswagen plans to launch the Golf R, T-Roc R, and Tiguan R in 2022, and clearly has enough Rs to be getting along with.
Nor will Europe’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) come here, since tight factory allocation is being sent across Europe where demand for low-emissions cars is much higher.
If we use the dimensionally-similar Passat with the same engines as a guide, expect the 140TSI to use around 6.4 litres per 100km, and the 206TSI to use 7.5L/100km – with the wagon perhaps a smidgen less efficient.
Both engines will demand premium unleaded.
The Volkswagen Arteon liftback measures 4866mm long, 1871mm wide and 1460mm tall, and sits on a 2835mm wheelbase.
European markets claim the wagon is 2mm taller but final figures are TBC for Australia. Likewise the UK market claims the wagon’s 590-litre boot is 27L more capacious.
The pre-facelift Arteon has a five-star ANCAP rating based on testing carried out in 2017.
It scored 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 85 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 74 per cent for safety assist.
Both Arteon grades are fitted with Volkswagen’s branded ‘IQ.DRIVE’ active safety suite, comprising:
- Travel Assist with Adaptive Lane Guidance (steering between road lines)
- Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring (AEB)
- Lane Assist
- Emergency Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Side Assist (active blind-spot monitoring)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Park Assist
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Driver Fatigue Detection
- 360-degree Proactive Occupant Protection
The Arteon 206TSI adds an alarm with SAFELOCK deadlocking.
Like all Volkswagens it will come with a five-year and unlimited-kilometre warranty, capped-price servicing due every calendar year or 15,000km, and with the option of pre-purchasing three and five-year service plans.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed.
There’s also the Volkswagen Choice guaranteed future value program.
This is a luxuriously specified vehicle.
Arteon Elegance 140TSI range:
- IQ.LIGHT matrix LED headlights
- LED tail lights with dynamic indicators
- 19-inch ‘Chennai’ alloy wheels with matching full size alloy spare
- Adaptive Chassis Control (active dampers)
- Easy open & close electric tailgate
- Power-folding mirrors with surround lighting and memory
- Digital Cockpit Pro (digital cluster)
- 9.2-inch navigation system with gesture and voice control
- Wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB+ & AM/FM bands (liftback) or DAB+ & FM with no AM (wagon)
- Seats with Nappa leather-appointed trim
- Ventilated, heated and 12-way electric front seats with driver massage, easy entry and memory
- Three-zone climate control
- Area view 360-degree camera system
- Harmon Kardon premium sound system 10+1 speakers, 700W total power output, digital 16-channel amplifier and subwoofer
- Ambient interior lighting with 30 selectable colours
- Head-up display projected on a glass piece
Arteon R-Line 206TSI range adds extra such as:
- 4MOTION All-wheel drive
- 20-inch ‘Nashville’ alloy wheels with matching full size alloy spare•
- Sports seats with integrated headrests and R-Line Carbon Nappa leather appointed trim
- Heated and 14-way electric front seats with driver massage, easy entry and memory function (No seat ventilation)
- R-Line front & rear bumpers, R-Line scuff plates in door apertures, roof liner black, R-Line multifunction sports steering wheel
Optional on both grades is a $2000 panoramic glass sunroof.
The following paint colours are no-cost:
- Kings Red Metallic
- Pyrite Silver Metallic
- Manganese Grey Metallic
- Deep Black Pearl Effect
- Kingfisher Blue Metallic (only Elegance)
- Lapiz Blue Metallic (only R-Line)
While Oryx White Pearlescent costs $800.