Volkswagen Arteon gets Shooting Brake and 316bhp R variants

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There are also three turbo petrol and two diesel engines in the Arteon line-up. The essences of the range of 187bhp at 276bhp, while the 148bhp and 197bhp diesel are equipped with an update of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) filter and a new system AdBlue that, Volkswagen claims, reduces NOx emissions by 80%. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive available across the range.Unlike the new Golf, the Arteon is not available with hybrid drives because it is still at the top of the original-specification of the MQB platform, which means that we are unlikely to see MHEV variants introduced until the second generation model arrives.

The restyled Arteon receives a series of design changes, including a new front grille with a little bit of tape, revised LED headlights and a new range of alloy wheel designs ranging in diameter from 18 inches to 20in. There are four different styles: basic, the Elegance, the R-Line and R. The performance models typical characteristic of the R elements of style, including a more muscular front bumper with large cooling ducts, blue-painted brake calipers, chrome exhaust pipes and 20in the “performance” alloys.

Inside, there is a dashboard redesigned with a new upper section, a standard 10.25 digital instrument display, a new multifunction steering wheel and Volkswagen’s latest infotainment system, with a standard 8.0 or optional 9.2 of the touch screen.

Martin Hube, a spokesman for the Arteon-line model, said: “We have listened to feedback from our Arteon customers to further improve the Arteon of the family, not only the addition of a new derivative, but also in giving it a whole new and very sophisticated on the inside, which is very premium in terms of hardware. It has, by and large, a Tuareg from the inside.”

Equipment levels vary, depending on the trim, but standard kit includes a new multifunction steering wheel with touch controls, bright trim panels and digital air conditioning controls. R models add the black carbon trim elements, leather-upholstered sport seats with integrated head restraints and another Race mode of driving, while the mid-range of the Elegance and the R-Line cars made of stainless steel, foot rests, a sports steering wheel and velour/leather seats.

The update Arteon range will be marketed in the fall, although some variants may take more time to come on to the market than others. Prices have not yet been revealed, but a starting price of around €44 500 (£40,260) to the fastback in Germany suggests the facelifted car command a slight premium compared to the current model.

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