2018 Volkswagen Arteon aims upmarket for Australia

Volkswagen Australia has elected to import only the range-topping variant of its all-new flagship passenger car

2018 Volkswagen Arteon aims upmarket for Australia
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Volkswagen Australia has taken an all-or-nothing approach with its all-new Arteon luxury sedan by only bringing out a highly-featured 206TSI R-Line model to Australian showrooms.

The fastback sedan will come almost fully-specced with the only options being premium paint, panoramic glass sunroof, Dynaudio Premium Sound System and 20-inch Rosario alloy wheels (pictured).

On announcing local specifications, Volkswagen Australia General Manager of Marketing and Product Ben Wilks says such a car “should include the highest level of standard specification”.

To that end the Arteon 206TSI R-Line will come here with long list of features, including Volkswagen firsts such as head-up display, "Emergency Assist 2 Proactive" and VW's "Occupant Protection System". Emergency Assist 2 detects when a driver is incapacitated and turns on the hazard lights before autonomously coming to a safe stop in the inner-most lane, while Proactive Occupant Protection System detects a rear collision threat and reacts by turning on the hazard warning lights, closing the windows and pulling the seatbelts tight to reduce the likelihood of injury. 

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Other standard features in the Arteon 206TSI R-Line include:

  •         Reversing camera with Area View
  •         Dynamic Light Assist
  •         Three- colour Ambient Interior Lighting
  •         LED headlights with Dynamic Light Assist
  •         Frameless side windows
  •         Heated front and rear seats
  •         19" Montevideo Alloys
  •         Unique R-Line seats
  •         Nappa leather upholstery
  •         Active Info Display
  •         Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  •         Front Assist with City Emergency Braking
  •         Side (lane changing) Assist
  •         Rear Traffic Alert
  •         Lane Keeping Assist
  •         Park Assist
  •         Adaptive Chassis Control
  •         Driving Profile Selection
  •         Discover Pro 9.2" Infotainment System with Gesture Control
  •         Keyless access and push button start

The Passat CC replacement has even more stunning looks than its predecessor, with frameless side windows, wrap-around bonnet, a fastback silhouette and liftback which provides easy access to the substantial 563-litre luggage compartment.

It has a 50mm longer wheel base than the regular Passat, which translates to 45mm more leg room (to 1016mm) and 95mm extra headroom.

The Arteon 206TSI R-Line will be powered by a 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol mated to the new DQ381 7-speed DSG automatic transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Volkswagen is yet to publish fuel economy figures though it has revealed a 0-100km/h time of 5.6 seconds.

Volkswagen Australia will reveal Arteon 206TSI R-Line pricing closer to its Australian launch, though expect a price tag between $60,000 and $70,000.

 

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