2018 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Highlight Concept
Unveiled in 2017 as a replacement for the ill-fated CC, the Arteon keeps Volkswagen active in the rather tiny four-door coupe segment. Sportier than its predecessor and boasting more premium features than ever, the Arteon could finally establish the German firm as a powerful player on the premium market. Now also available in R-Line trim, the Arteon just gained a special paint finish and a set of wheels from Vossen to become the Highlight Concept.
Based on the R-Line model, the Highlight Concept explores the Arteon’s "potential to make a statement on the show field." Granted, the sleek and wide stance give the sedan a unique place among Volkswagen cars, and we will probably see a wide range of aftermarket upgrades at the upcoming tuning shows. Volkswagen’s is far from radical, but it shows what you can do with special paint, a set of custom wheels, and a lowered suspension.
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After years of speculation, the Volkswagen CC gained a successor after almost ten years on the market. But while the four-door coupe configuration carried on, Volkswagen decided to retire the CC nameplate. Fearing that the CC might not rebound from its slow-selling final years, the Germans gave the four-door coupe a massive makeover and renamed it the Arteon. Significantly more appealing thanks to its sporty design, premium interior, and more powerful drivetrain, the Arteon could finally establish VW as a powerful player on the premium market. With the Arteon set to go on sale by the end of 2018, Volkswagen expanded the lineup with an R-Line model.
Slightly sportier on the outside and fitted with a few extra features on the inside, the R-Line become the range-topping model of the Arteon family. That’s pretty much available for every VW model out there that doesn’t have a GTi or R version, so the move is far from surprising. Unfortunately, the "R-Line" badge comes with no drivetrain upgrades whatsoever, so you’ll have to wait a while longer for that performance-oriented sedan with a V-6 engine. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at the Arteon R-Line, which breaks cover at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon
Back in 2007, Volkswagen thought it would be a good idea to develop a large coupe with a heavily sloped roof. Some of you from way back then know it as the Passat CC, while more recently it has dropped the “Passat” name. Volkswagen had big ambitions for the CC, calling it a “sports sedan” and projecting sales of at least 300,000 over the first seven years of production. But, the CC is often overlooked and has performed very poorly. Fast forward to 2017 and VW has decided to usher in a successor to the last-gen CC and it comes complete with a name change. Now going by the name Arteon, the car now rides on VW’s MQB platform and will be offered with a number of standard features that includes LED lights outside, a progressive steering system, 18-inch wheels, and a handful of engines that offer a power output that ranges from 148 horsepower all the way up to 276 horsepower. You can have AWD with some drivetrain options, or only front-wheel drive in others.
Tobias Suhlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s design, said, “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans."
But, while it does have a long wheelbase and it follows suit with a number of other sedans that have that low, sloping roof, the new Arteon isn’t all that different from the CC it replaces. So, let’s take a closer look at it and see if we can make out anything that might make this model more successful than the CC.
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