Volkswagen Group Australia today announces the full specification of its new passenger car flagship, the Arteon 206TSI R-Line.

In addition to essaying an evocative new design direction, the Arteon bristles with a level of standard technology that, where it is matched by prestige brands, comes in expensive optional bundles.

Volkswagen Australia’s General Manager of Marketing and Product Ben Wilks says: “A halo car should include the highest level of standard specification and this is just one aspect in which our new gran turismo sets benchmarks.

“Democratising German technology is the key to fulfilling our target of being the Premium for the People brand. Moreover, unlike some SUVs and comparable cars from German prestige brands, the Arteon is made in Europe.”

Mr Wilks says that the only options on the Arteon (due in for Australian release in October, before which pricing will be announced) will be metallic or pearl effect paint, panoramic glass sunroof and Dynaudio Premium Sound System with 20-inch Rosario Alloys (as seen in the accompanying images).

The non-optional colour is Pure White. Metallic hues are Pyrit Silver; Manganese Grey; Tumeric Yellow; Chilli Red (as shown) or Atlantic Blue. The pearl choice is Deep Black.

New and unique specification for the Arteon includes:

  • Head-up Display
  • Area View
  • Dynamic Light Assist
  • Easy open and close tailgate
  • 3 Colour Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Emergency Assist 2
  • Dynamic Indicators
  • Frameless side windows
  • Row 2 heated outer seats
  • 19″ Montevideo Alloys
  • Proactive Occupant Protection (Rear Sensing)
  • Unique Active Info Display theme
  • Unique style of R-Line seats
  • Larger wheelbase for extra interior space
  • Coupe design with lift back tailgate

Standard equipment also includes:

  • 7-speed DSG
  • 4MOTION all-wheel-drive
  • Active Info Display
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Braking
  • Side Assist
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Adaptive Chassis Control
  • Driving Profile Selection
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Memory function for the driver
  • Discover Pro 9.2″ Infotainment System with Gesture Control
  • App-Connect
  • Keyless access and push button start
  • Tinted (65%) rear windows seat/mirrors 2017 Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line

Firsts for Volkswagen

The Arteon features a Head-up Display. Supplementing Volkswagen’s standard-setting Active Info display, HUD enhances safety and customer comfort by displaying speed, assistance systems and navigation directions directly in the driver’s field of vision Display.

The Proactive Occupant Protection System utilises the sensors of the Side Assist system to register the position and speed of the cars behind the Arteon, both when the car is moving or stationery. If the Proactive Occupant Protection System system detects an imminent risk, hazard warning lights come on displaying the rear emergency collision alert signal and the system simultaneously closes all windows (except for a narrow gap that improves the bracing effect of the front head airbags) and the sliding sunroof. In parallel with this the belt tensioners pull the front safety belts taut.

The Arteon is the first Volkswagen equipped with the Emergency Assist 2. When using Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist, Emergency Assist becomes active immediately after the extended hands-off warning of the Lane Assist does not receive driver feedback. The system alerts the driver with an intermittent gong, brake and steering jolts. It uses Lane Assist to keep the vehicle in its own lane and activates the hazard warning lights to alert other road users. With Emergency Assist 2, the system also uses Side Assist to safely change lanes by indicating and moving to the far left lane or emergency lane (depending on traffic and road conditions) to bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

The look

The look of the new Arteon is defined by its frameless side windows, wrap-around bonnet and finely detailed dynamic lines in the style of a gran turismo, but its defining feature is the liftback tailgate. The wide-opening hatch is hinged at the top, giving easy access to the 563-litre luggage compartment. The Arteon has a longer wheelbase (+50mm) over the Passat to create a spacious premium class accommodation for rear passengers. Legroom is longer (+45mm to 1,016mm) and rear headroom is also excellent thanks to the long roof and extra body length (+95mm) compared to the Passat.

2017 Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line

Exterior Highlights

  • LED headlights with Dynamic Light Assist
  • R-Line ‘C’-Signature air intakes in high-gloss black
  • R-Line badging
  • Frameless windows
  • Dynamic indicators
  • Easy open/close liftback
  • High-gloss black spoiler
  • 19-inch Montevideo alloys

Interior Highlights

  • Heated outer rear seats
  • Titanium black headliner
  • Unique R-Line black carbon Nappa leather upholstery
  • 3 colour ambient lighting
  • Active Info and HUD

The Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line deploys the brand’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol four which realises 206kW between 5100-6500rpm and 350Nm from 1700-5600rpm. Driven through the new DQ381 7-speed wet-clutch DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive transmission, it reaches 100-km/h from standing in 5.6 seconds.