Volkswagen has debuted its new Arteon saloon at the Geneva Motor Show.
Combining the look of a sports car with the space of a convetional saloon, the Arteon blends style with function.
Klaus Bischoff, head of design at Volkswagen, said: “The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. An avant-garde business-class gran turismo, it speaks to the heart and the head alike.”
Powered by one of a choice of six turbocharged engines, the Arteon offers drivers a sporting experience with good levels of refinement and economy.
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Base cars are due to be powered by a newly developed 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, joined in the range by a 2.0-litre petrol producing either 187bhp or 276bhp.
Tobias Sühlmann, who is behind the Ateon’s design, explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. In contrast to classic saloons, the gran turismo offers more space and flexibility thanks to its long wheelbase, coupé-like fastback design and large rear hatch.”
The Arteon features some standout design touches, such as a contoured clamshell-style bonnet, flared wheel arches, horizontally positioned LED tail lamps and twin tailpipes.
It’s also 131mm longer than the CC it replaces, and an impressive 51mm longer than the Passat. Because of this, Volkswagen claims that the Arteon will offer class-leading levels of rear passenger legroom.