Returning to Australia with a slick new list of the features the Arteon looks to woo Australian buyers with a sharp new entry grade and a much-loved wagon option.
Volkswagen has announced the Arteon will return to Australia by the end of the year in both liftback and Shooting Brake wagon body styles, with prices starting just under $60,000 before on-roads.
The new Arteon range will include a choice of two grades across both body styles that have been fitted out with an upgraded level of standard specification since the departure.
Volkswagen is offering the Arteon in a new 140TSI Elegance grade that will kick off the range at $59,990 (before on-roads) in five-door liftback form, while the wagon is a $2,000 premium across the range.
As standard, the Arteon includes a luxurious interior complete with 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, with a massage function for the driver.
Sitting in the cockpit, buyers will also appreciate the fitment of the 9.2-inch screen that works with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with digital radio which they can use to play music through the 11-speaker Harmon Kardon premium sound system.
Volkswagen has also opted for its new steering wheel design that has touch capacitive buttons, which builds on other tech features such as a heads up display unit and ambient lighting.
As a family car, buyers will also be happy to hear that the safety features have been bolstered with the inclusion of Travel Assist, which includes features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
Front and rear AEB, with rear cross traffic alert, front and rear sensors, driver fatigue detection and a 360-degree camera are also included in the safety suite.
Powering the Arteon 140TSI is a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine making 140kW of power and 320Nm of torque that is sent through a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels.
Similar to the Passat wagon, Volkswagen offers a beefier version in the 206TSI in R-Line trim that boosts the outputs up to 206kW/350Nm and sends the grunt to all four wheels.
The Arteon 206TSI R-Line is priced from $66,990 for the liftback and $68,990 for the Shooting Brake wagon but includes a number of styling and equipment changes to justify the jump.
Starting on the outside, the R-Line package swaps the 19-inch wheels out for 20-inch ‘Nashville’ alloy wheels with sportier side skirts along with new front and rear bumpers.
The interior also swaps out the standard Nappa leather-appointed seats for sportier versions that are more malleable with 14-way power-adjustability with a massage function for the driver – but lose the seats the ventilation function.
Volkswagen has made a number of paint choices available as a no cost option save for Oryx White Pearlescent that costs an extra $800 and a panoramic run roof that is a $2,000 option on any grade.
An exact landing date is yet to be announced but we’ll find out more closer to the official release in the fourth quarter of this year.
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