Volkswagen has launched the new Arteon Shooting Brake on the UK market. Prices start from £37,640 for the mid-range Elegance model, climbing to £39,055 for the range-topping R-Line variant. First deliveries are expected to arrive before the end of the year.
The standard facelifted Arteon hatchback will be available in a cheaper SE Nav trim-level, which starts from £35,435. The specification forgoes some of the technological luxuries of the upper trim-levels, but retains an eight-inch infotainment screen, three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Volkswagen’s base-spec SE Nav trim-level will be offered on the Areton Shooting Brake at a later date. From launch, the cheapest estate option will be Elegance, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Buyers will also get a leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated seats and voice control.
The Arteon R-Line builds on this specification further with 19-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressive body kit, a 30-colour customisable ambient lighting system and rear privacy glass. The hatchback model features a standard-fit sunroof, too, while the Arteon Shooting Brake receives a panoramic glass roof.
New 2020 Volkswagen Arteon: engines and drivetrains
For now, the Arteon’s engine lineup includes a pair of turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol units, with either 187bhp or 276bhp. Both units feature a seven-speed DSG as standard, although the latter features four-wheel drive.
Volkswagen’s familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is also available with either 148bhp or 197bhp. The less powerful model can only be specified with front-wheel drive, while the latter is offered with four-wheel drive – and, like the petrol, both units feature the same seven-speed DSG as standard.
New 2020 Volkswagen Arteon: future engines and trim
Later this year, buyers will eventually be offered a plug-in hybrid version of the Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake, as well as an entry-level 1.5-litre petrol variant and a performance-focussed R version.
The Arteon’s upcoming plug-in hybrid powertrain will comprise a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a 13.7kWh battery pack. The system has a maximum output of 215bhp, and it can officially travel up to 34 miles in electric-only mode.
Volkswagen’s R performance Arteon will be powered by a detuned version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine destined for the upcoming Golf R. For the Arteon R, the engine produces 316bhp and 420Nm of torque and is mated to a four-wheel-drive system, which can send 100 per cent of the engine’s power to one wheel if required.
To complement the extra power, the Arteon R will receive a few extra mechanical and cosmetic upgrades over the standard car. Chassis tweaks include lowered sports suspension and adaptive dampers, along with 20-inch alloy wheels and 18-inch disc brakes with fixed four-piston calipers up front and floating single-piston calipers at the rear.
In addition, R-badged models will receive a more aggressive body kit with a broader front splitter, a deeper rear diffuser and a new quad-exit exhaust. Inside, there’ll be a unique pair of nappa-leather-trimmed sports seats, a new sports steering wheel and R-specific graphics for the car’s infotainment system and digital gauge cluster.
New Volkswagen Arteon: facelift updates
Styling updates for the standard Volkswagen Arteon are fairly restrained, with the hatchback receiving new LED headlamps, a new radiator grille with integrated daytime running lights, a revised front bumper, and fresh LED rear lights. There’s also a choice of three new paint finishes and three new alloy wheel designs, ranging in diameter from 18 to 20 inches.
Interior revisions include a new multifunction steering wheel, touch-sensitive controls for the air-conditioning system and a new upper dashboard panel. More optional equipment is now available, including a 700-watt Harman/Kardon stereo system.
Every version of the new Arteon features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, although buyers can opt for either an eight-inch or 9.2-inch infotainment system, both of which offer voice control. Finally, Volkswagen has introduced a new feature which allows the driver to use their smartphone to unlock and start the vehicle.
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