Eager to move the conversation beyond its diesel scandal, Volkswagen will be revealing a new premium sedan at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed Arteon, the car has long been known about, but will finally become official. And of course, VW has thrown out a couple teaser shots of the new car.
Based on VW’s MQB architecture, the Arteon is officially being called a four-door coupe, not unlike the CC that it is indirectly replacing. VW says the Arteon will slot above the Passat and essentially a premium sedan with a host of driver assistance features typically reserved for luxury products.
While launching a big premium sedan in a market that has a love affair with crossovers and SUVs seems a bit like a head-scratcher, there is no doubt the Arteon looks good. From the teaser shot it is clear this car is emphasizing art in a way that extends beyond most other VW products.
Initially the Arteon will be powered by VW’s TSI 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Since that engine is fairly well-known, it’s a safe bet it will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 270 horsepower and be paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can also bet their will be no diesel option (sorry, we had to).
To be clear, the Arteon will be sold in North America as well when the car launches later this year. In the meantime, expect more details to rollout from the Geneva show in early March.