Volkswagen Arteon makes U.S. debut at Chicago Auto Show


The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon made its North American debut today at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. But for now, let's just see how the regular Arteon sells.

Based on VW's MQB platform that it shares with the Jetta, Golf, and even the massive Atlas SUV, the Arteon rides a wheelbase that is 5 inches longer than the outgoing CC's.

The Arteon is meant to "shape the brand", says Volkswagen, and carries the premium styling and interior accoutrements to make that happen. From the side, Arteon is accented by slit-like exhaust ports that stretch from the creased front fenders into the front doors. It's also longer and wider, and that gives it interior space on par with the Audi. The auto rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while 19-inch rims are an upgrade.

The goal is to position Arteon as a more premium vehicle, and that is apparent from the interior which adopts a trapezoidal layout and adopts more soft-touch, upscale materials. The 2019 Arteon sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces as standard, and offers available ventilated front seats, massaging driver's seat, driver memory, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and heated rear seats. Heated rear seats are also optional. Volkswagen's available 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit provides a programmable screen in the instrument panel, while a standard 8-inch center touchscreen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a suite of in-car apps.

Arteon will be motivated by VW's familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, hear making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Safety features include a rear camera, emergency auto braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Buyers will get the choice of front- or all-wheel-drive, however. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission; 4Motion® all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will offer a six-year, or 72,000-mile warranty.