The successor to the ill-fated CC is here

Developed as a successor to the Volkswagen CC, which back in 2015 was one of the lowest selling models in the company’s lineup, the Arteon was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. A big step forward in terms of design and equipment, the four-door coupe finally made its U.S. debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen’s choice for the Arteon’s American debut is rather weird given that the U.S. had three major events in New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit since then, but it’s better late than never I guess.

Volkswagen Arteon Finally Makes U.S. Debut in Chicago!
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The sedan is based off the brand's celebrated MQB architecture, which allows for a more cab-backward design, giving it a completely different look than the outgoing CC

The four-door crosses the pond to North America in almost the same specs as the European model. The sedan is based off the brand’s celebrated MQB architecture, which allows for a more cab-backward design, giving it a completely different look than the outgoing CC. The styling is also decidedly sportier and more modern, while the wheelbase is a full five inches longer. The upscale interior is packed with modern tech, including blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert, while the options list includes features like the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, massaging driver’s seat, and a Dynaudio premium audio system.

Volkswagen Arteon Finally Makes U.S. Debut in Chicago!
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The U.S. model gets its juice from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque

The U.S. model gets its juice from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All that oomph hits the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The company’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system is available on every trim level.

Pricing information is not yet available, but Volkswagen did say that the Arteon will be offered in three trim levels — SE, SEL, and SEL Premium — starting with the third quarter of 2018. Each model will get a six-year or 72,000-mile warranty that an be transferred to subsequent owners.

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Volkswagen Arteon

2018 Volkswagen Arteon High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon.

2014 Volkswagen CC High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen CC.

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