- Top of the range R-Line will again develop 206kW/350Nm
- Entry-level Elegance trim starts at $59,990
- Available early quarter four 2021
- Now there's a wagon! A WAGON!
The updated 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is on its way to Australia, with an entry level variant priced at under $60,000 for the first time and a Shooting Brake option on offer.
Available as a liftback or, for the first time, a 'Shooting Brake' wagon, the Arteon will be offered in 140TSI Elegance and 206TSI R-Line trim, ranging from $59,990 up to $68,990 before on-road costs.
To keep thing simple, two trim variants of the Arteon are available across two body styles (all prices are before on-road costs):
- Arteon 140TSI Elegance 7-Speed DSG - $59,990
- Arteon Shooting Brake Wagon 140TSI Elegance 7-Speed DSG - $61,990
- Arteon 206TSI R-Line 7-Speed DSG - $66,990
- Arteon Shooting Brake 206TSI R-Line 7-Speed DSG - $68,990
The only options outside of the trim packages are a sunroof, which will set buyers back an extra $2000, and Oryx White Pearlescent paint, costing an extra $800, everything else comes as standard.
Kings Red Metallic, Pyrite Silver Metallic, Manganese Grey Metallic and Deep Black Pearl Effect are all standard colours at no extra cost while Kingfisher Blue Metallic is only available on the Elegance and Lapiz Blue Metallic is an R-Line only colour.
The Elegance acts as the entry-level variant to the model range, but still features a large amount of standard equipment, including:
- IQ.LIGHT matrix LED headlights and premium LED taillights with dynamic indicators
- 9.2” Discover pro navigation system with gesture control and voice control
- Digital cockpit pro
- 19” 'Chennai' alloy wheels with matching full size alloy spare
- Adaptive chassis control
- Power folding mirrors with surround lighting and memory
- App-connect including wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Comfort sport seats with Nappa Leather appointed trim
- Air care 3-zone climate control with “touch” front and rear controls
- Area view 360° camera system
- Easy open and close electric tailgate
- Ventilated, heated and 12-way electric front seats with driver massage, easy entry and memory
- Harmon Kardon premium sound system 10+1 speakers, 700W total power output, digital 16-channel amplifier and subwoofer
- Ambient interior lighting with 30 selectable colours
- DAB+ digital radio and AM/FM radio bands (fastback), DAB+ and FM radio band, and no AM (Shooting Brake)
- Head-up display projected on a glass panel.
In addition to the extensive list of standard features on the Elegance, the R-Line receives:
- 4MOTION all-wheel drive
- 20" 'Nashville' alloy wheels with matching full size alloy spare
- Sports seats with integrated headrests and R-Line carbon Nappa leather appointed trim
- Heated and 14-way electric front seats with driver massage, easy entry and memory function (no seat ventilation)
- Alarm with Safelock deadlocking
- R-Line front and rear bumpers, scuff plates in door apertures, multifunction sports steering wheel.
Engine, drivetrain and fuel economy
Both the 140TSI and 206TSI engines are turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-litre units which have been in the Volkswagen Auto Group family for over a decade, being set to two different levels of tune for the Arteon.
The 140TSI develops 140kW and 320Nm of torque, sending power to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Fuel economy figures for the 140TSI Arteon haven't been released yet, but the Passat, which shares the same engine and driveline, achieved 6.4L/100km in official testing.
Sending power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and identical figures to the previous Arteon mean its likely fuel economy will stay at a tested 7.5L/100km.
Dimensions and weight
The liftback Arteon's external dimensions remain largely unchanged, standing at 4866mm in length, 1871mm wide, 1460mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2837mm.
Despite the extension to the roof, the Shooting Brake sits only 2mm taller than the liftback variant.
With the back seats up, the liftback can hold 562 litres which increases to 1557 litres with the seats folded. Space is marginally bigger in the Shooting Brake while the seats are up at 565 litres but when they're down it increases to 1632 litres.
Thanks to the extra bits of metal to create the longer roof, the Shooting Brake sits on the scales at 1718kg, 15kg more than the liftback.
Elegance and R-Line variants both come fitted with the same safety technology, featuring Volkswagen's IQ.DRIVE system which includes:
- Travel assist with adaptive lane guidance
- Front assist with pedestrian monitoring
- Lane assist
- Emergency assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Side assist
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Park assist
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Driver fatigue detection
- 360⁰ proactive occupant protection.
The Arteon has previously scored five stars in ANCAP crash testing, delivering a 96 per cent result for adult occupant protection and 85 per cent for child occupant and pedestrian protection.
Meanwhile it scored 74 per cent in the safety assistance systems rating, getting half marks for speed assistance while a lack of junction assist and backover prevention were noted.
Warranty and servicing
Just like the rest of the Volkswagen range, the Arteon will be covered by a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty with capped price servicing every 12 months/15,000km within the warranty period.
Volkswagen's pre-purchase service packs will also be available for either three or five years.
The Arteon will arrive early in the fourth quarter of 2021, likely around September or October.
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