VW 2021 Arteon gets sharper looks, new technologies and a more-premium interior


Volkswagen seeks to spice up her Arteon sedan top of the range with a mid-model refresh that sees a “sharp” front grille, LED daytime running lights and more aggressive body sculpting. There are bigger changes inside an all-new dashboard, centre console and the infotainment system. With a style directly affects the high-end Touareg and translucent-aluminum décor, the Arteon presents an even higher-end cockpit.Inside the fore for the driver, however, will be the new multifunction steering wheel with touch-sensitive haptic controls for the various digital functions. During this time, the temperature of the three-zone climate control air conditioning system can be set intuitively via a touch-slider, and heated seats and windscreen heaters can be powered by the more sensitive to the touch buttonry in the center of the console.

Arteon also now equipped with Volkswagen’s Digital cockpit, which allows the driver to configure the graphics of the 10.25-inch gauge display. The driver can quickly switch between three layouts with the help of a View button, again on the multifunction steering wheel. The displacement of the Arteon further up the premium scale is a harman/kardon 700-watt 16-channel Ethernet amplifier which feeds no less than 12 speakers.

On the technical side, a new Travel aid system that allows (semi-)automated driving for up to 210 kilometres per hour. The trickest part is the newly updated Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with predictive speed control that adjust the speed according to the limits as well as the bends, roundabouts and junctions. Insurance experts across the world are rejoicing.

As for the engines, the Canadian Arteons will soldier on with VW’s 2.0-liter TFSI four. “The soldier” is probably not a fair assessment of the TFSI performance of 268 horses and 258 foot-pounds is nothing to sneeze at. On the other hand, European Arteon buyers have the additional choices of a plug-in hybrid version; as well as a 315-hp Arteon R.

Most disappointing, however, is that we will not get the new version family – “shooting brake”, in the European parlance of the Arteon. The Cars sell relatively well in Canada, but without the buy-in of Volkswagen in America – where the cars are almost as popular as reasonable policy – Volkswagen Canada simply can’t afford to import them. Mores the pity, because it is a seductive beast.


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