Sedan sales may be sluggish, but that isn’t stopping Volkswagen from rolling out its Arteon sedan in the U.S. The stylish new sedan that is already on sale in Europe will allegedly be revealed for the U.S. market in February at the Chicago Auto Show.
The 2019 Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s flexible, new architecture that also underpins recent models such as the Atlas and Tiguan SUVs. The new underpinnings provide a fairly large midsize sedan with seating for five, which is serving as the company’s replacement for the CC sedan.
Consumer Reports is projecting the base price for the Arteon sedan will come in similar to that of the former CC, which was around $35,000. This places the Arteon in an unusual market position, as there isn’t a lot of competitors in the space. The Buick Regal and Toyota Avalon may be indirect competitors for the Arteon, but even those are a bit of a stretch.
Sales of cars are down over 10 percent in the U.S. market this year, with sales of large sedans down almost 25 percent. These statistics make it a bit of a head-scratcher as to why Volkswagen is even bothering bringing another big sedan to market.
Nonetheless, they are and it is an attractive one at that.