Arteon

Volkswagen’s stylish new flagship, the Arteon, is an avant-garde gran turismo with svelte fastback styling. The new five-door, five-seat Volkswagen Arteon – priced from £33,505 RRP OTR at launch in September 2017 – combines sports car detailing with luxury motoring in a muscular yet elegant design.

Sitting above the globally successful Passat in the comprehensive Volkswagen range the new Arteon brings more space, premium functionality and greater levels of autonomy than ever before.

With a length of 4,862 mm, width of 1,871 mm and a height of 1,450 mm the Arteon is proportioned to carry five people in considerable comfort, while the generous wheelbase of 2,837 mm allows best-in-class legroom of 1,016 mm. Luggage space is 563 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to a cavernous 1,557 litres of available carrying capacity when the rear seats are folded.

Bristling with advanced technology, including the debut of a number of newly enhanced assistance systems, the Arteon is efficient and powerful with a distinct performance character, yet it is also a comfortable and relaxing drive.

In the UK, the Arteon range will initially feature three turbo charged direct injection engines: a 280 PS 2.0 TSI (petrol); and two 2.0 TDI (diesel) engines with outputs of 240 PS and 150 PS.

In due course, additional engines will complete the range including Volkswagen’s newly designed 150 PS 1.5 TSI (petrol) Evo unit, featuring economy-boosting cylinder deactivation technology, a 190 PS 2.0 TSI (petrol) and a 190 PS 2.0 TDI (diesel).

All the transversely mounted four cylinder engines can be combined with an automated DSG dual clutch seven-speed gearbox while the most potent units – the 280 PS 2.0 TSI and 240 PS 2.0 TDI – also boast Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. The 190 PS 2.0 TDI is also available with optional 4MOTION. All other models have front-wheel drive. Additionally, 150 PS petrol- and the 150 PS and 190 PS diesel-engine Arteons will offer the option of a six-speed manual gearbox.

With a compelling breadth of performance and economy possibilities, the Arteon will sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds in 2.0 TSI 280 PS guise, while the 2.0 TDI 150 PS-equipped Arteon will offer 62.8 mpg in the EU’s official combined fuel economy measure.

The new Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s impressively flexible modular transverse matrix (MQB). All of the brand’s MQB models – currently ranging from the latest Golf to the US-built Atlas SUV – are characterised by their distinctly dynamic proportions and generous interior space which results from the axles being ‘pushed’ towards the front and rear of the vehicle. This, too, is a feature of the new Arteon.

From a structural standpoint, the MQB provides extremely high body rigidity resulting from the use of a combination of so-called ultra high-strength and hot-stamped steels. This is critical to achieving optimal handling and superior ride comfort.

Despite the car’s large rear hatch, body rigidity has been increased by 10% as measured against a comparable saloon model. This allows for the creation of precise steering, responsive handling and optimal ride comfort. Passive safety is also among the best in its class thanks, in part, to the Arteon’s innovative body construction.

Further supporting its safety credentials, and contributing to its Euro NCAP five-star safety rating, the Arteon’s active bonnet technology protects not only passengers but pedestrians too. In the event of a collision, the bonnet is raised via its hinges using pyrotechnic technology in order to reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries. Particularly intended to reduce head trauma, the active bonnet system increases the gap between the hard engine block and the flexible bonnet. It works at speeds ranging from 15 mph to 34 mph.

Slippery through the air, with fine aerodynamics and a low Cd figure of as little as 0.265 (Arteon 2.0 TDI) this lithe new Volkswagen generates downforce levels sufficient to benefit handling and allow it to deliver impressive grip.

This has been achieved thanks to a sophisticated overall package of aerodynamic design features, which includes details such as the sharply-contoured trailing edge above the LED tail lights. The balance of downforce levels at the front and rear axles stabilises the rear end of the vehicle to help optimise chassis tuning. This results in confident handling and high stability all the way up to top speed. Due to its excellent downforce figures at the rear axle, the new Arteon has no need of a rear spoiler that is deployable at high speeds.

The Arteon comes packed with a comprehensive line-up of the latest infotainment, connectivity, and assistance systems and represents the jewel in Volkswagen’s technological crown.

Offered in two trim levels – luxurious ‘Elegance’ or more sportily styled ‘R-Line’ – the new model boasts a broad range of advanced equipment as standard. Among the many highlights are, as a minimum, the latest Discover Navigation system with eight- inch colour touchscreen, eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and telephone connectivity, and Volkswagen Media Control which allows remote control of the infotainment system via compatible smartphone or tablet device.

Other standard-fit highlights in the Arteon include: digital instruments via the 12.3-inch Active Info Display; minimum 18-inch alloy wheels; LED self-levelling headlights; LED tinted rear light clusters with dynamic indicators; plush Nappa leather upholstery; Car-Net connectivity with ‘Guide & Inform’, ‘Security & Service’ and ‘App-Connect’ functionality; and Air Care Climatronic 3Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation.

A raft of standard assistance systems in every Arteon include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with predictive cruise control; City Emergency Braking; Front Assist; Speed Assist; Traffic Jam Assist; Lane Assist and Driver Alert fatigue warning system.

Numerous advanced systems make their debut in the Arteon and these include a new generation of Adaptive Cruise Control which uses GPS-based road data to ‘see’ speed limits, and adjust the car’s speed as appropriate. Meanwhile Road Recognition, using the front camera and route information from the navigation data and working within system limits, predictively adjusts the vehicle’s speed prior to bends, roundabouts and junctions.

The Arteon underscores its premium appeal with options such as a head-up display, and Volkswagen’s Discover Pro infotainment system featuring a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.

 The broader spectrum of optional equipment includes features such as a panoramic roof; front massaging seats; steering wheel heating; Dynaudio ‘Confidence’ sound pack featuring a 16-channel digital amplifier, 700-watt output and 11 speakers, plus subwoofer; and up to 20-inch alloy wheels.

The first new Arteons were ordered in the UK in August 2017, with first customer deliveries via the brand’s 196 Volkswagen UK Retailers expected in September.

MARKET INFORMATION

The new Arteon competes in the European B segment for ‘midsize’ cars (D segment in UK), and sits above the Passat saloon and estate in the current Volkswagen passenger cars line-up. The car is a rival to the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 3 Series, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz C Class and the Jaguar XE.

The Arteon model line-up has been kept deliberately simple with two easily understood and clearly differentiated trims: refined Elegance and sportily styled R-Line. Both offer exceptional levels of standard equipment.

The Arteon range launches in the UK across three engine waves, beginning in August 2017 and running through to January 2018.

The fleet/retail split for Arteon in the UK is predicated to be broadly: 60% fleet/40% retail. The best-selling model across all channels is anticipated at launch to be the Arteon R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7spd DSG.

Production
The Arteon is manufactured at Volkswagen’s Emden plant in northwest East Frisia, Germany, where the river Ems meets the North Sea. Around 9,500 employees work at the Emden location, and up to 1,250 vehicles can be produced there every day.

Today the Passat saloon, and exclusively the seventh-generation Passat Estate, alongside the new Arteon are built at the plant.

A special feature of the Emden factory location is its close proximity to the port of Emden and its vehicle loading hub. Here, around one million new vehicles are imported and exported each year. Ships heading for North America and Japan leave the port several times a week. Vehicles are shipped to the UK almost every day.

Emden has an eventful history spanning twelve hundred years. The old trading town experienced an economic upturn after the Dortmund-Ems Canal was completed in 1899. Today, tourism and vehicle production at the Volkswagen plant are the main pillars of the economy in Emden and East Frisia.

MQB Platform
As with a growing number of Volkswagen brand and Group models, the new Arteon uses as its base the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix.

The introduction of the MQB strategy with the arrival of Golf VII in 2012 represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse- mounted engines as it standardised many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The MQB currently extends from the A0 to the B segment. At the Volkswagen brand, for example, it covers the following models: Polo, Beetle, updated Golf, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, forthcoming Tiguan Allspace, Sharan, Passat, Atlas/Teramont and, now, Arteon.

Thus all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line – despite their different wheelbases and track widths. It is also possible to produce MQB models of different brands together.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol (MOB) and diesel (MDB) engine systems.

By introducing these engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group has been reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. In addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

Car body concept
High body rigidity. From a structural standpoint, the MQB provides extremely high body rigidity resulting from a combination of so-called ultra high-strength and hot-stamped steels. This is one of the most critical factors with respect to achieving optimal handling and superior ride comfort.

Despite the large rear hatch of the Arteon, body rigidity has been increased by 10 per cent as measured against a comparable saloon model. This allows for very precise steering, high vehicle responsiveness and optimal ride comfort, with the latter manifesting itself in very sturdy body attributes when passing over road bumps.

Ultra high-strength steel is used in areas of the vehicle such as the side sills, as well as the side members and cross-members of the body. Hot-formed steel is used for the B-pillars, centre tunnel, bulkhead (front transverse panel between the interior and the engine compartment), rear side members and roof side members.

This results in an extremely comfortable and agile car whose passive safety is among the best in its class thanks in part to its innovative body construction.

Active bonnet. The Arteon protects not only passengers, but also pedestrians. This is accomplished using active bonnet technology. In the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the bonnet is raised via its hinges using pyrotechnic technology in order to reduce the severity of injuries. Triggering of the active bonnet is particularly intended to reduce a person’s head trauma (head acceleration) caused by head impact. This is achieved by increasing the gap between the hard engine block and the flexible bonnet. The relevant speed range for system triggering lies between 15 mph and 34 mph.

Aerodynamics. When tuning the Arteon’s aerodynamics, a balanced compromise was achieved between a low Cd figure (0.265 / Arteon 2.0 TDI with 150 PS), which is to say low aerodynamic drag which is associated with low fuel consumption, and downforce levels which benefit handling. This was achieved thanks to a sophisticated overall package of aerodynamic design features, which includes details such as the sharply-contoured trailing edge above the tail lights.

The balance of downforce levels at the front and rear axles stabilises the rear end of the vehicle to help optimise chassis tuning. This results in confident handling and high stability all the way up to top speed. Due to its excellent downforce figures at the rear axle, the new Arteon has no need of a rear spoiler that is deployable at high speeds.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

The new Arteon will initially feature three turbocharged direct injection engines: a 280 PS TSI (petrol) engine and two TDI (diesel) engines with outputs of either 150 PS or 240 PS.

Three additional motors will follow as, like the updated Golf, the Arteon launches in the UK in ‘waves’. The second tranche of powerplants will see the newly developed 1.5 TSI Evo 150 PS with ACT cylinder deactivation, as well a 2.0 TSI engine with 190 PS, and a 2.0 TDI 190 PS made available.

All engines comply with the Euro 6 emission standards and can be combined with an automatically shifting seven-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. Indeed the newly engineered DSG gearbox is standard for those buyers specifying the most potent 2.0 TSI (280 PS) and 2.0 TDI (240 PS) units.

Additionally, the 2.0 TSI 280 PS and 2.0 TDI 240 PS drivetrains also have the Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard, while it is an option on the 2.0 TDI 190 PS. All other models have front-wheel drive.

4MOTION is Volkswagen’s permanent all-wheel drive system. It distributes the engine’s power to all four wheels by means of an all-wheel drive coupling, subject to the demands of the driving situation. 4MOTION offers a high level of active safety, reliable traction and optimal directional stability at all times. The all-wheel drive system operates together with the car’s handling control systems such as ESC, ASR and EDS.

Petrol and diesel engines in detail
The TSI engine features innovative engineering solutions such as water-cooled exhaust gas routing through the cylinder head to the turbocharger (to efficiently reduce full-load fuel consumption) and a dual injection system with direct injection and multi-port injection.

Thanks to its fully-electronic coolant control system, the four-cylinder engine also offers highly efficient thermal management with a short warm-up phase; this reduces friction losses, and thus fuel consumption. In addition, the TSI has variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. Meanwhile valve lift on the exhaust side is adjustable in two stages, which optimises performance, fuel economy and exhaust emissions.

2.0 TSI 190 PS
The smaller output 2.0 TSI engine is offered with a 7-speed DSG gearbox channelling its output to the driven front wheels. The turbocharged direct injection engine generates its 190 PS maximum power between 4,100 and 6,000 rpm. Peak torque, of 320 Nm, arrives at just 1,500 rpm and is on offer to 4,100 rpm.

2.0 TSI 280 PS
The range-topping TSI engine comes as standard with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive. Comfortable and agile in equal measure, this refined petrol-fuelled unit produces a peak power output of 280 PS between 5,100 and 6,500 rpm from its 1,984 cm3 of displacement.

Its considerable maximum torque of 350 Nm is available over a broad engine speed range of 1,700 to 5,600 rpm. The 280 PS engine propels the Arteon from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds; its top speed is electronically governed to 155 mph.

The combined fuel consumption of the Arteon 2.0 TSI 7spd DSG 4MOTION is 38.7 mpg (urban 30.7 mpg; extra-urban 46.3 mpg). The corresponding CO2 emissions amount to 164 g/km (combined).

As mentioned previously, the turbocharged diesel engine range launches with a 2.0 TDI150 PS and a range-topping 2.0 TDI 240 PS. Both of these engines offer extremely high efficiency and are paired with a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

Function defining components of the two four-cylinder engines include emissions- relevant parts such as the fuel injection system, the turbocharger, the intercooler integrated within the induction manifold and the balance shafts for smooth operation.

A sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is used in both units. Specifically, it includes an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for reducing nitrogen oxides using AdBlue reducing agent.

2.0 TDI 150 PS
The smaller of the two TDI engines offered at launch has an output of 150 PS; the 16-valve engine producing its peak power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm. The TDI generates its maximum torque of 340 Nm from a low 1,750 rpm, up to 3,000 rpm. When mated to the 7spd DSG the 150 PS Arteon 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 137 mph and accelerates to 62 mph in 9.1 seconds.

Fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg (combined). Urban fuel consumption is 52.3 mpg, extra- urban consumption 70.6 mpg. The corresponding CO2 emissions are 116 g/km.

2.0 TDI 240 PS
The Arteon’s largest TDI engine is also Volkswagen’s most powerful four-cylinder turbo diesel unit. The 16-valve unit delivers peak power to its DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive system at 4,000 rpm. The TDI develops its considerable maximum torque of 500 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

In order to achieve the high specific output of 120 PS per litre displacement, a compact bi-turbo module with one high-pressure and one low-pressure turbocharger was developed for the engine. The module enables turbo boost levels of up to 3.8 bar. Fuel is injected into the combustion chambers via piezo injectors at a pressure of up to 2,500 bar. With the 240 PS TDI engine, Volkswagen’s new GT reaches a top speed of 152 mph. The 0-62 mph time is a brisk 6.5 seconds.

Considering the high power output, its fuel consumption figures are notably low: 47.9 mpg combined; 39.8 mpg urban and 55.4 mpg extra-urban. Here, the CO2 emissions are a combined 152 g/km.

Both of the Arteon’s TDI engines are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter. Positioning the oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and SCR system (selective catalytic reduction) close to the engine makes the emission control components react especially quickly. Using a specially coated diesel particulate filter the actual SCR catalytic converter system converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) within the exhaust gas into nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O). This conversion takes place using the synthetically produced AdBlue agent which is stored in a 13-litre tank and only requires refilling every 5,500 miles via a separate filler neck behind the tank flap.

RUNNING GEAR

Front-wheel drive Arteons sit on a front suspension featuring coil spring struts (coil springs with telescopic shock absorbers) and lower wishbones (track-stabilising scrub radius).

The four-link independent rear suspension has gas-filled shock absorbers with separate springs. Both axles are equipped with anti-roll bars.

The running gear of the new Arteon has been specifically enhanced, when compared against comparable Volkswagen MQB models: tailor making it for use in this dynamic gran turismo. Unique in its competitive class, the well-balanced blend of excellent handling dynamics and superior ride comfort becomes particularly evident on versions with DCC Dynamic Chassis Control.

DCC comes as standard with the two range-topping engines (280 PS TSI, 240 PS TDI) while all other Arteon models feature it as optional equipment.

The new, almost infinitely adaptable shock absorbers together with an increased range of adjustment deliver a ride quality reminiscent of vehicles equipped with air suspension. The Arteon distinguishes itself in particular through its highly direct and precise steering response, its extremely low roll angle and its neutral handling.

Thanks to its large track widths (1,587 to 1,591 mm front / 1,577 to 1,581 mm rear), the gran turismo impresses with its excellent lateral dynamics; in addition to the suspension layout, the long wheelbase also provides added comfort.

Last but not least, the car achieves a successful balance of good ride comfort, well controlled body movements and excellent isolation of high- frequency vibrations.

DCC in detail. In addition to the familiar settings of the driving mode selection (Comfort, Normal, Sport), for the first time the controlled shock absorbers on the Arteon can be almost infinitely adjusted across an expanded range from the individual settings sub-menu (Comfort+ to Sport+).

Beyond the familiar ‘Comfort’ setting, the driver can increase ride comfort of the Arteon even further by moving the control slider to the left (Comfort+); a setting that is even more dynamic than the familiar ‘Sport’ configuration can be set by moving the slider to the right (Sport+).

The Arteon is equipped with electromechanical power steering. It contributes considerably to the car’s agile character. The steering ratio is tuned to be direct and responsive even at the centre position, yet without jittery reactions when travelling on fast motorway sections.

Thanks to progressive steering, the driver does not need to turn the steering wheel as much to achieve the desired steering angle. The progressive steering requires only 2.1 turns from end stop to end stop.

While conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio the Arteon’s steering system, by contrast, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This noticeably reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On winding country roads and when turning at junctions, drivers will notice enhanced dynamic handling thanks to the more direct set-up.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Arteon is hugely significant to the future of the Volkswagen brand in that it ushers in a new era of Volkswagen design.

Two years ago (2015), Volkswagen presented an avant-garde Arteon concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show. The statement it made at the time was clear: this gran turismo shows a new phase of Volkswagen design.

Now, the concept car that garnered worldwide attention has entered production nearly unchanged. Looking back, Volkswagen Head of Design Klaus Bischoff explains: “The fact that the Arteon has gone into production with only minimal design changes from the show car demonstrates Volkswagen’s appetite for innovation.

“Exactly like the concept car, the Arteon we see today generates that ‘I want it’ feeling. As forecast in 2015, this car does indeed mark the start of a new design era.”

Tobias Sühlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s exterior design, explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon incorporate a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way.

“Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupé-style fastback design and a large rear hatch, this gran turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional saloons.”

Viewing the Arteon’s front end without focusing on the details, the first impression is that of a dynamic gran turismo that cleverly borders on being both a sports model and a saloon. But as soon as the details are considered it becomes clear how expressive and logical, harmonious and precise the design is.

The overall car design appears to develop from the active bonnet (with integrated safety mechanism for pedestrian protection) and the interconnected grille. The fact is that in the automotive world, a ‘clamshell‘ bonnet that extends over the entire front end up to the wheel arches is generally a feature of sports cars. “The Arteon has one of the largest bonnets in the entire Volkswagen Group”, according to Tobias Sühlmann.

The designer continues: “It is really like that of a sports car. When you open the bonnet you see the wheel housings. That is certainly unconventional for a car of this type.”

All of the contoured lines of the bonnet extend into the radiator grille – and vice versa. The grille, in turn, emphasises the significant width of the Arteon in its cross- bars. There is no Volkswagen radiator grille that is wider – it is the ‘face’ of a new Volkswagen generation.

The upper cross-bars enclose the LED headlights, and they simultaneously use finely integrated LED light conductors to perform the functions of daytime running lights and position lights, and, in the range-topping model, the indicator light function.

The lighting elements, radiator grille and bonnet now form one harmonious unit. The bonnet, which extends slightly over the LED headlights, makes a major contribution to the imposing front-end design. The bonnet lip runs over the headlights while continuing the lines of the radiator grille further into the sides and to the rear of the Arteon.

On the sides, the sharp bonnet lines that extend just over the wheel arches give the car an extremely low, sporty look.

“We have a line”, says Klaus Bischoff, “that runs through the entire car and brings the volume of the Arteon even closer to the ground. This line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs cleanly over the side profile and into the tail lights.”

On the car’s flanks it creates what is known as the character line. At the rear, it develops into a sharp undercut, which visually reduces the Arteon’s height and carries the strong shoulder section upwards. Above this, there is the long line of windows (known as a DLO – daylight opening) that extends into the C pillar. As with a coupé or convertible, the side door windows themselves feature a frameless design.

Surrounding the DLO is an elegant chrome frame. The DLO gives the Arteon a sophisticated, low and coupé-like look together with the character line that runs from the bonnet rearwards into the tail lights.

Viewed from the rear, it is easy to see just how dominant the shoulder sections of this fastback are. The muscular form stretches to the side and into the rear bodywork. From a slightly elevated perspective this produces a rear end design which, in its lines – a coupé-shaped glasshouse (roof and glass surfaces) on strong flanks – follows the example of a classic sports car and yet offers the volume of a business class gran turismo.

Also creating a powerful image from this perspective is the striking width of the Arteon. Creating an unmistakable design at night are the LED tail lights.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The Arteon is reinterpreting the idea of the ‘gran turismo’ inside, too, with its combination of avant-garde design, sporty charisma, great flexibility and generous space. The interactive, digital interfaces found inside include the Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and, optionally, a head-up display.

Volkswagen has utilised the latest infotainment systems. The top spec, optional, Discover Nav Pro system has a tablet-like glass surface while its 9.2-inch display features innovative gesture control.

The way in which a line – designed as a single visual unit of the dashboard and door shoulders – appears to wrap around the five passengers like a cocoon is unconventional and unique. The horizontally oriented dashboard of the Arteon transitions homogeneously into the front door trim panels.

The team, led by Volkswagen Head of Interior Design Tomasz Bachorski, designed the dashboard with a simplified layout that runs in a straight line and with a clean form. The central design element of the dashboard is an innovative air vent – designed as a functional yet decorative element – that extends across the entire width of the interior. This impression is completed by fine chrome trim strips on the vent louvres, which create a visual link to the cross-bars of the Arteon radiator grille.

Beneath the air vent and a decorative panel there is a very low-profile ambient lighting strip that continues into the doors. Its wrap-around lighting effect defines the space and creates a particularly soothing ambience.

Sporting style and elegance are the dominant aspects of the Arteon. Volkswagen’s Colour & Trim designers have coordinated their selection of materials and colours to match these aspects too. Three interior colour themes (black, dark grey and a combination of dark and light grey) match the range of exterior colours.

The interior ambience either tends toward elegance or sportiness, the Elegance Nappa leather as standard is available in a choice of 4 colours, whereas the sportier R-Line interior has a Nappa leather with carbon style side bolsters and R-Line logo embroidered in the back rest of the front seats. The leather interior choices for the Arteon Elegance include stylish two-tone Nappa leather finishes, and all Nappa leather features have contrast stitching.

Likewise the styling elements always appear in harmony with the sporty side of the Arteon. Examples of this are the diagonally oriented grain of the ‘Silver Birch’ fine wood trim in the Arteon Elegance and the ‘Silver Rise’ aluminium trim in the Arteon R-Line. Both types of accents are combined with ‘Piano Black’ panels in the area of the centre console.

But the Arteon does not offer form at the expense of function: this is a five-seat, long- distance cruiser with a practical and flexible luggage compartment.

Unlike many a traditional saloon, this gran turismo is also equipped with a flexible load bay. Indeed, thanks to its large rear hatch and its 1/3 to 2/3 folding rear seat backrest, the Arteon boasts an SUV-like amount of luggage space.

Cabin occupants, too, are not short of leg, head or shoulder room, benefitting as they do from the excellent package provided by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Significant space is created by the transversely mounted engine and the forward positioning of the front axle.

The generous front interior width of 1,500 mm provides a very real sensation of spaciousness. This also holds true for the interior height, which reaches a maximum of 1,008 mm in the front. Meanwhile Volkswagen has also exploited the potential of the long 2,837 mm wheelbase to provide excellent space for the three rear seating positions.

In terms of rear seat legroom, the figure of 1,016 mm is, at launch, the best in the competitive set. In fact, with this figure, the Arteon competes with luxury saloons measuring over five metres. Rear headroom is also excellent at 940 mm thanks to the long roof.

The outer seating positions take the form of contoured individual seats which offer outstanding ergonomics, while the third (centre) seat is capable of accommodating adults comfortably.

The rear interior width of 1,481 mm offers enough space for three adults as well as easy integration of child seats (ISOFIX retaining points are available on the outer rear seats as standard).

As outlined above, the asymmetrically folding rear backrest is standard. The middle seat position also features an armrest which can be folded down, and behind it there is a large pass-through opening which can be used to accommodate items such as skis. Thanks to its folding rear seat bench and generous interior length, the Arteon offers a measure of flexibility which far exceeds that of a traditional saloon. This is effectively illustrated by the vehicle’s boot volume of 563 - 1,557 litres.

The luggage compartment has a length of 1,181 mm and, if the rear backrest is folded down, this figure rises to a very considerable 2,092 mm.

TECHNOLOGY

By virtue of its MQB underpinnings, the new Arteon benefits from the latest advances in Volkswagen technology, allowing the latest assistance and infotainment systems to be deployed.

The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance systems match its avant-garde concept. Significantly updated new generation versions of seven of these systems are available on the new gran turismo: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Lighting System, Emergency Assist, proactive occupant protection system, Side Assist lane change system including Lane Assist lane departure warning, Rear Traffic Alert, and traffic sign recognition (which now also warns when speed limits are exceeded).

Additional technologies adapted from other Volkswagens include the park distance warning, park assist steering, Rear View reversing camera system and Area View surround view camera.

Assistance systems in detail
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The ACC system now also monitors speed limits and route data from the navigation system in order to automatically adjust vehicle speed. Until now, the system was implemented purely as a cruise control system that maintained a desired gap to the vehicle ahead: set the desired speed, and done – the Adaptive Cruise Control brakes and accelerates the vehicle.

Now, the new Arteon is the first Volkswagen that can also react to changing parameters along the route – operating within system limits. The car’s ACC utilises a radar sensor (for distance monitoring), a camera in the windscreen and the route information from the navigation system. Using the camera and the interconnected Dynamic Road Sign Display, the Arteon is able to “see” speed limits; it can even recognise city limits. The ACC adapts to these speed changes.

At the same time, the vehicle determines its position and predictively adjusts vehicle speed prior to bends, roundabouts and junctions using the front camera and route information from the navigation system. The Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking is permanently integrated into ACC. Working in combination with the DSG gearbox, the ACC will automatically set the Arteon in motion from a standstill in stop-go traffic jams or city driving. The adaptive cruise control is active at speeds ranging from 0 to 130 mph. Thanks to its predictive vehicle speed control, the system provides increased convenience while also helping to boost fuel economy.

Active Lighting System. The gran turismo comes with LED headlights for the dipped and main beams as standard, and both versions in the UK also feature Dynamic Light Assist automatic main beam control (a camera-based system which automatically activates and deactivates the main beam in response to oncoming traffic).

This also offers a new function in which the LED dual headlights illuminate the upcoming bend before the vehicle is even steered into it. Using LED dual headlights with so-called projector lenses, the dynamically regulated permanent main beam function (interactive permanent main beam as an extended function of Light Assist) and dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control, the system steers the headlights into bends according to steering angle by means of variably controlled headlight modules.

New with this feature is the ability to do this independently of steering angle and even predictively, using video information from the front camera and route information from the navigation system. Furthermore, the light pattern of the headlights is optimally adjusted to suit the radius of the curve, because light is not wasted illuminating the roadside.

Emergency Assist. The second generation of Emergency Assist offers more safety than ever. Now, if the driver becomes incapacitated for health reasons the system not only slows the car down within system limits, but also steers it into the slow lane to perform an emergency stop, traffic behind permitting.

The new Emergency Assist combines ACC (adaptive cruise control), Side Assist (lane change system), Lane Assist (lane departure warning) and Park Assist (park assist steering) into a single system. Once the sensors determine that the driver has not operated the accelerator, brake pedal or steering wheel over a specified period of time, the system network implements specifically targeted countermeasures.

The driver is initially warned and “woken” by means of acoustic, optical and haptic signals (braking jolt). If the driver still does not respond, the Emergency Assist system initiates the above-mentioned emergency stop. During this process the hazard warning lights are activated; additionally the Arteon initiates slight steering manoeuvres using Park Assist (electromechanical power steering intervention) and Lane Assist (camera- based lane detection) in order to alert fellow road users to the hazardous situation.

For its part, ACC enables automated braking and can work to prevent collisions with traffic ahead thanks to the radar sensor located in the vehicle’s front end. At the same time, the Arteon’s systems steer the vehicle into the nearside slow lane in a controlled fashion; meanwhile, Side Assist is monitoring traffic behind the car using its radar sensors in order to minimise the risk of collision while changing lanes.

Proactive occupant protection system. For the first time, the PreCrash sensors are not only able to react to the car’s handling behaviour (for instance, when ESC is triggered) and acute collision hazards from the front (detected via Front Assist), but, now, also to hazards from the rear.

The PreCrash system uses sensors in the Side Assist lane change assistant. The system’s radar sensors continuously monitor the positions and speeds of vehicles behind the Arteon. The proactive rear occupant protection system evaluates this data. It does this not only while the vehicle is in motion, but also when it is stationary (with the motor running or in start-stop mode); such as when waiting at a traffic light. When another vehicle approaches the system calculates the probability of a collision using data on the positions and speeds of both cars. If there is an imminent danger of a collision, the PreCrash assistance system reacts in the blink of an eye.

The hazard warning lights activate immediately; at the same time all windows are closed to just a small gap (for optimal bolstering of the side airbags) as is the sunroof. While this is happening, the belt tensioners tighten the front and outer rear seatbelts.

Last but not least, the optional electrically adjustable front seats are aligned. The belts, head restraints and airbags are now able to provide maximum protection.

Side Assist Plus, Lane Assist and Rear Traffic Alert. The Arteon comes with the Lane Assist lane departure warning system as standard. If the gran turismo is ordered with the optional Side Assist Plus with Rear Traffic Alert lane change system, which is activated from 6 mph, the two systems are combined.

The package can help prevent serious accidents in two main ways. On the motorway it detects both fast-moving overtaking vehicles, and slower ones in the blind spot, warns the driver and even countersteers via Lane Assist. Also, when reversing out of a parking space, the sensors detect vehicles approaching from the side that are not visible to the driver.

Traffic Jam Assist. Volkswagen developed Traffic Jam Assist based on Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and ACC. It is available in models with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The system makes traffic jams and stop-and-go driving much more comfortable using a clever interplay between assistance systems which enables the new car to drive semi-autonomously at speeds up to 37 mph.

The basis for this system is Lane Assist and its adaptive lane guidance. The second assistance system integrated into Traffic Jam Assist is ACC, which performs automatic acceleration and braking.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

The Arteon comes with the Discover Navigation infotainment system as standard equipment. With its glass-covered surface and 8-inch touchscreen, it is part of the new generation of Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) devices.

The ‘Security & Service Plus’ package (one-year service term) always come as standard as well, which also includes ‘Security & Service Basic’ (ten-year service term) as well as ‘Emergency Call service’.

The new MIB Systems are tailored in both appearance and functionality to work with the Arteon’s standard-fit 12.3-inch Active Info Display, giving rise to a new, fully digital world of displays and controls.

With its clear glass surface and integrated 8-inch colour display (800 x 400 resolution,

20.3 cm screen diagonal), the design of the Discover Navigation system is reminiscent of a tablet. In addition to two rotary/push-button controls, the system has eight function buttons.

The sound of the infotainment system (4 x 20 watts) is output over eight loudspeakers.

Along with SD card and AUX-IN interfaces, it offers a USB port (also compatible with Apple), a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones and a CD drive which is of course MP3-compatible. The system is also equipped with a Diversity antenna; this incorporates multiple antennas working together, which filter out signal disturbances and thus improve reception.

The GPS-based navigation system includes software updates at no charge for up to five years after end-of-production of the particular device generation. In addition, this includes a licence for Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ services which is also free-of-charge for three years.

Discover Navigation Pro. Optionally, Arteon buyers can choose the Discover Navigation Pro system. Equipped with gesture control and an impressive, completely glass- covered 9.2-inch display (1,280 x 640 pixels, 23.4 cm screen diagonal), this unit sees all control inputs made via the touchscreen and five capacitive touch controls along the left border of the infotainment system.

As intuitive as a smartphone: pressing the “Home” button takes the user back to the home screen from any submenu in a fraction of a second. Updates for the navigation software and a licence for ‘Guide & Inform’ are also integrated here.

The range of equipment offered with the Discover Navigation Pro system also includes an amplifier with 4 x 20 watts of output power, a DVD drive, a USB port (Apple compatible), two SD card slots, AUX-IN, an SSD drive with 10 GB of storage, a full range of music playback options, a movie player, jukebox, podcast player, as well as navigation. Options include Rear View (reversing camera) and two mobile phone interfaces.

The driver can customise the appearance of the home screen of the Discover Navigation Pro. Always arranged in a large field on the left side of the display is the navigation function; on the right, two smaller fields are available, one above the other. Functions can be custom-assigned to these two interactive display panels to create a multiple information display.

The Pro system is operated by gesture control, touch functions and voice control. Of course, the unit is also equipped with a proximity sensor that makes other menu items appear on the display when a hand approaches the screen.

Digital Instruments
Active Info Display. All of the instruments are displayed virtually via software on the 12.3-inch Active Info Display. Its 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution enables extremely precise and sophisticated rendering of all details.

There are five different information profiles, in which the kind of information and graphics displayed changes in certain areas. The driver can select from ‘Classic’, ‘Consumption & Range’, ‘Efficiency’, ‘Performance & Driver Assistance’ or ‘Navigation’, and the interactive elements of the Active Info Display are illustrated well by the Navigation profile. Here, the speedometer and rev counter are relocated to the sides to make more room for the navigation map in the middle.

Information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can also be integrated into the speedometer and rev counter graphics as necessary. Data such as telephone contact images and CD covers can also be displayed in the Active Info Display.

Head-up display. The optional head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed or navigation pictograms directly into the driver’s primary field of vision. Thanks to this projection, drivers can keep their eyes on the road while looking at data such as speed. Using the infotainment system menu the driver can decide which information they would like to view: current speed, speed limit, navigation instructions, information from the assistance systems and/or warnings.

The head-up display of the Arteon is a “combined solution” in that the data is projected onto an extendable glass panel in front of the windscreen. When it is not being used, the display panel is protected by being lowered into the dashboard, and the opening has a flush fit.

CONNECTIVITY VIA APPS AND ONLINE SERVICES

App Connect. The latest generation Modular Infotainment Matrix allows the simple connection of the Arteon with today’s Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. Along with MirrorLink™ (Android), App Connect now also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (Google) into the infotainment systems.

Car-Net ‘Security & Service’. Volkswagen offers the ‘Security & Service’ (Plus and Basic) package as standard on the Arteon. It gives the driver access to real-time help in a wide range of situations. Highlights include features such as ‘Emergency Service’, ‘Automatic accident reporting’, ‘Roadside service’ and ‘Service scheduling’ (scheduling routine maintenance with the service garage).

In addition, the Car-Net app or Car-Net portal can be used to access various vehicle status data such as fuel level and parking position, as well as activate certain functions. For instance, the auxiliary heater can be started remotely.

Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’. Various online services can be accessed using ‘Guide & Inform’. It includes a range of services for the Discover Navigation system and an extended range for the Discover Navigation Pro system.

Services available for Discover Navigation include ‘Online POI Search’, ‘Online Destination Import’, ‘Route Import’, ‘Fuel Info’ (location and price), ‘News’, ‘Parking Info’ (location, availability and price), ‘Weather’, ‘Charging Stations’ (for electric and plug-in hybrid models) and ‘Online Traffic Information’.

The Discover Navigation Pro system also includes voice-activated ‘Online POI Search’, ‘Online Map Update’ and ‘Online Grace Note’ which can be used to load album cover information into the vehicle.

Media Control. The Media Control app can be used to govern many infotainment system functions conveniently from a smartphone or tablet. Passengers simply connect their devices via the WiFi hotspot of the infotainment system.

Systems that can be controlled include the radio, all audio and video sources as well as the navigation system. Standard features in the navigation menu are supplemented by an address-search function that uses the Internet and which can also be used to enter selected search results as destination inputs.

Passengers can also send the calendar events and address book entries of a tablet or smartphone to the infotainment system for use as navigation destinations.

CLIMATE CONTROL

A new three-zone (driver, passenger, rear) automatic climate control system is fitted as standard in the Arteon. The Air Care Climatronic system boasts an innovative filtering technology. Uniquely, using an air quality sensor with an active biogenic filter, it maintains air quality at a consistently high level and prevents the infiltration of pollutants, even fungal spores and allergens.

SERVICING AND WARRANTY

Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Arteon. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking. In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.

In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s lifetime it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

The Arteon has a three-year (first- and second-year manufacturer operated, third- year retailer-operated) / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

SF-09-17

Volkswagen’s stylish new flagship, the Arteon, is an avant-garde gran turismo with svelte fastback styling. The new five-door, five-seat Volkswagen Arteon – priced from £33,505 RRP OTR at launch in September 2017 – combines sports car detailing with luxury motoring in a muscular yet elegant design.

Sitting above the globally successful Passat in the comprehensive Volkswagen range the new Arteon brings more space, premium functionality and greater levels of autonomy than ever before.

With a length of 4,862 mm, width of 1,871 mm and a height of 1,450 mm the Arteon is proportioned to carry five people in considerable comfort, while the generous wheelbase of 2,837 mm allows best-in-class legroom of 1,016 mm. Luggage space is 563 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to a cavernous 1,557 litres of available carrying capacity when the rear seats are folded.

Bristling with advanced technology, including the debut of a number of newly enhanced assistance systems, the Arteon is efficient and powerful with a distinct performance character, yet it is also a comfortable and relaxing drive.

In the UK, the Arteon range will initially feature three turbo charged direct injection engines: a 280 PS 2.0 TSI (petrol); and two 2.0 TDI (diesel) engines with outputs of 240 PS and 150 PS.

In due course, additional engines will complete the range including Volkswagen’s newly designed 150 PS 1.5 TSI (petrol) Evo unit, featuring economy-boosting cylinder deactivation technology, a 190 PS 2.0 TSI (petrol) and a 190 PS 2.0 TDI (diesel).

All the transversely mounted four cylinder engines can be combined with an automated DSG dual clutch seven-speed gearbox while the most potent units – the 280 PS 2.0 TSI and 240 PS 2.0 TDI – also boast Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard. The 190 PS 2.0 TDI is also available with optional 4MOTION. All other models have front-wheel drive. Additionally, 150 PS petrol- and the 150 PS and 190 PS diesel-engine Arteons will offer the option of a six-speed manual gearbox.

With a compelling breadth of performance and economy possibilities, the Arteon will sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds in 2.0 TSI 280 PS guise, while the 2.0 TDI 150 PS-equipped Arteon will offer 62.8 mpg in the EU’s official combined fuel economy measure.

The new Arteon is based on Volkswagen’s impressively flexible modular transverse matrix (MQB). All of the brand’s MQB models – currently ranging from the latest Golf to the US-built Atlas SUV – are characterised by their distinctly dynamic proportions and generous interior space which results from the axles being ‘pushed’ towards the front and rear of the vehicle. This, too, is a feature of the new Arteon.

From a structural standpoint, the MQB provides extremely high body rigidity resulting from the use of a combination of so-called ultra high-strength and hot-stamped steels. This is critical to achieving optimal handling and superior ride comfort.

Despite the car’s large rear hatch, body rigidity has been increased by 10% as measured against a comparable saloon model. This allows for the creation of precise steering, responsive handling and optimal ride comfort. Passive safety is also among the best in its class thanks, in part, to the Arteon’s innovative body construction.

Further supporting its safety credentials, and contributing to its Euro NCAP five-star safety rating, the Arteon’s active bonnet technology protects not only passengers but pedestrians too. In the event of a collision, the bonnet is raised via its hinges using pyrotechnic technology in order to reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries. Particularly intended to reduce head trauma, the active bonnet system increases the gap between the hard engine block and the flexible bonnet. It works at speeds ranging from 15 mph to 34 mph.

Slippery through the air, with fine aerodynamics and a low Cd figure of as little as 0.265 (Arteon 2.0 TDI) this lithe new Volkswagen generates downforce levels sufficient to benefit handling and allow it to deliver impressive grip.

This has been achieved thanks to a sophisticated overall package of aerodynamic design features, which includes details such as the sharply-contoured trailing edge above the LED tail lights. The balance of downforce levels at the front and rear axles stabilises the rear end of the vehicle to help optimise chassis tuning. This results in confident handling and high stability all the way up to top speed. Due to its excellent downforce figures at the rear axle, the new Arteon has no need of a rear spoiler that is deployable at high speeds.

The Arteon comes packed with a comprehensive line-up of the latest infotainment, connectivity, and assistance systems and represents the jewel in Volkswagen’s technological crown.

Offered in two trim levels – luxurious ‘Elegance’ or more sportily styled ‘R-Line’ – the new model boasts a broad range of advanced equipment as standard. Among the many highlights are, as a minimum, the latest Discover Navigation system with eight- inch colour touchscreen, eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and telephone connectivity, and Volkswagen Media Control which allows remote control of the infotainment system via compatible smartphone or tablet device.

Other standard-fit highlights in the Arteon include: digital instruments via the 12.3-inch Active Info Display; minimum 18-inch alloy wheels; LED self-levelling headlights; LED tinted rear light clusters with dynamic indicators; plush Nappa leather upholstery; Car-Net connectivity with ‘Guide & Inform’, ‘Security & Service’ and ‘App-Connect’ functionality; and Air Care Climatronic 3Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation.

A raft of standard assistance systems in every Arteon include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with predictive cruise control; City Emergency Braking; Front Assist; Speed Assist; Traffic Jam Assist; Lane Assist and Driver Alert fatigue warning system.

Numerous advanced systems make their debut in the Arteon and these include a new generation of Adaptive Cruise Control which uses GPS-based road data to ‘see’ speed limits, and adjust the car’s speed as appropriate. Meanwhile Road Recognition, using the front camera and route information from the navigation data and working within system limits, predictively adjusts the vehicle’s speed prior to bends, roundabouts and junctions.

The Arteon underscores its premium appeal with options such as a head-up display, and Volkswagen’s Discover Pro infotainment system featuring a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.

 The broader spectrum of optional equipment includes features such as a panoramic roof; front massaging seats; steering wheel heating; Dynaudio ‘Confidence’ sound pack featuring a 16-channel digital amplifier, 700-watt output and 11 speakers, plus subwoofer; and up to 20-inch alloy wheels.

The first new Arteons were ordered in the UK in August 2017, with first customer deliveries via the brand’s 196 Volkswagen UK Retailers expected in September.

MARKET INFORMATION

The new Arteon competes in the European B segment for ‘midsize’ cars (D segment in UK), and sits above the Passat saloon and estate in the current Volkswagen passenger cars line-up. The car is a rival to the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 3 Series, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz C Class and the Jaguar XE.

The Arteon model line-up has been kept deliberately simple with two easily understood and clearly differentiated trims: refined Elegance and sportily styled R-Line. Both offer exceptional levels of standard equipment.

The Arteon range launches in the UK across three engine waves, beginning in August 2017 and running through to January 2018.

The fleet/retail split for Arteon in the UK is predicated to be broadly: 60% fleet/40% retail. The best-selling model across all channels is anticipated at launch to be the Arteon R-Line 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7spd DSG.

Production
The Arteon is manufactured at Volkswagen’s Emden plant in northwest East Frisia, Germany, where the river Ems meets the North Sea. Around 9,500 employees work at the Emden location, and up to 1,250 vehicles can be produced there every day.

Today the Passat saloon, and exclusively the seventh-generation Passat Estate, alongside the new Arteon are built at the plant.

A special feature of the Emden factory location is its close proximity to the port of Emden and its vehicle loading hub. Here, around one million new vehicles are imported and exported each year. Ships heading for North America and Japan leave the port several times a week. Vehicles are shipped to the UK almost every day.

Emden has an eventful history spanning twelve hundred years. The old trading town experienced an economic upturn after the Dortmund-Ems Canal was completed in 1899. Today, tourism and vehicle production at the Volkswagen plant are the main pillars of the economy in Emden and East Frisia.

MQB Platform
As with a growing number of Volkswagen brand and Group models, the new Arteon uses as its base the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix.

The introduction of the MQB strategy with the arrival of Golf VII in 2012 represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse- mounted engines as it standardised many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The MQB currently extends from the A0 to the B segment. At the Volkswagen brand, for example, it covers the following models: Polo, Beetle, updated Golf, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, forthcoming Tiguan Allspace, Sharan, Passat, Atlas/Teramont and, now, Arteon.

Thus all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line – despite their different wheelbases and track widths. It is also possible to produce MQB models of different brands together.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol (MOB) and diesel (MDB) engine systems.

By introducing these engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group has been reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. In addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

Car body concept
High body rigidity. From a structural standpoint, the MQB provides extremely high body rigidity resulting from a combination of so-called ultra high-strength and hot-stamped steels. This is one of the most critical factors with respect to achieving optimal handling and superior ride comfort.

Despite the large rear hatch of the Arteon, body rigidity has been increased by 10 per cent as measured against a comparable saloon model. This allows for very precise steering, high vehicle responsiveness and optimal ride comfort, with the latter manifesting itself in very sturdy body attributes when passing over road bumps.

Ultra high-strength steel is used in areas of the vehicle such as the side sills, as well as the side members and cross-members of the body. Hot-formed steel is used for the B-pillars, centre tunnel, bulkhead (front transverse panel between the interior and the engine compartment), rear side members and roof side members.

This results in an extremely comfortable and agile car whose passive safety is among the best in its class thanks in part to its innovative body construction.

Active bonnet. The Arteon protects not only passengers, but also pedestrians. This is accomplished using active bonnet technology. In the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the bonnet is raised via its hinges using pyrotechnic technology in order to reduce the severity of injuries. Triggering of the active bonnet is particularly intended to reduce a person’s head trauma (head acceleration) caused by head impact. This is achieved by increasing the gap between the hard engine block and the flexible bonnet. The relevant speed range for system triggering lies between 15 mph and 34 mph.

Aerodynamics. When tuning the Arteon’s aerodynamics, a balanced compromise was achieved between a low Cd figure (0.265 / Arteon 2.0 TDI with 150 PS), which is to say low aerodynamic drag which is associated with low fuel consumption, and downforce levels which benefit handling. This was achieved thanks to a sophisticated overall package of aerodynamic design features, which includes details such as the sharply-contoured trailing edge above the tail lights.

The balance of downforce levels at the front and rear axles stabilises the rear end of the vehicle to help optimise chassis tuning. This results in confident handling and high stability all the way up to top speed. Due to its excellent downforce figures at the rear axle, the new Arteon has no need of a rear spoiler that is deployable at high speeds.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

The new Arteon will initially feature three turbocharged direct injection engines: a 280 PS TSI (petrol) engine and two TDI (diesel) engines with outputs of either 150 PS or 240 PS.

Three additional motors will follow as, like the updated Golf, the Arteon launches in the UK in ‘waves’. The second tranche of powerplants will see the newly developed 1.5 TSI Evo 150 PS with ACT cylinder deactivation, as well a 2.0 TSI engine with 190 PS, and a 2.0 TDI 190 PS made available.

All engines comply with the Euro 6 emission standards and can be combined with an automatically shifting seven-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. Indeed the newly engineered DSG gearbox is standard for those buyers specifying the most potent 2.0 TSI (280 PS) and 2.0 TDI (240 PS) units.

Additionally, the 2.0 TSI 280 PS and 2.0 TDI 240 PS drivetrains also have the Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard, while it is an option on the 2.0 TDI 190 PS. All other models have front-wheel drive.

4MOTION is Volkswagen’s permanent all-wheel drive system. It distributes the engine’s power to all four wheels by means of an all-wheel drive coupling, subject to the demands of the driving situation. 4MOTION offers a high level of active safety, reliable traction and optimal directional stability at all times. The all-wheel drive system operates together with the car’s handling control systems such as ESC, ASR and EDS.

Petrol and diesel engines in detail
The TSI engine features innovative engineering solutions such as water-cooled exhaust gas routing through the cylinder head to the turbocharger (to efficiently reduce full-load fuel consumption) and a dual injection system with direct injection and multi-port injection.

Thanks to its fully-electronic coolant control system, the four-cylinder engine also offers highly efficient thermal management with a short warm-up phase; this reduces friction losses, and thus fuel consumption. In addition, the TSI has variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. Meanwhile valve lift on the exhaust side is adjustable in two stages, which optimises performance, fuel economy and exhaust emissions.

2.0 TSI 190 PS
The smaller output 2.0 TSI engine is offered with a 7-speed DSG gearbox channelling its output to the driven front wheels. The turbocharged direct injection engine generates its 190 PS maximum power between 4,100 and 6,000 rpm. Peak torque, of 320 Nm, arrives at just 1,500 rpm and is on offer to 4,100 rpm.

2.0 TSI 280 PS
The range-topping TSI engine comes as standard with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive. Comfortable and agile in equal measure, this refined petrol-fuelled unit produces a peak power output of 280 PS between 5,100 and 6,500 rpm from its 1,984 cm3 of displacement.

Its considerable maximum torque of 350 Nm is available over a broad engine speed range of 1,700 to 5,600 rpm. The 280 PS engine propels the Arteon from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds; its top speed is electronically governed to 155 mph.

The combined fuel consumption of the Arteon 2.0 TSI 7spd DSG 4MOTION is 38.7 mpg (urban 30.7 mpg; extra-urban 46.3 mpg). The corresponding CO2 emissions amount to 164 g/km (combined).

As mentioned previously, the turbocharged diesel engine range launches with a 2.0 TDI150 PS and a range-topping 2.0 TDI 240 PS. Both of these engines offer extremely high efficiency and are paired with a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

Function defining components of the two four-cylinder engines include emissions- relevant parts such as the fuel injection system, the turbocharger, the intercooler integrated within the induction manifold and the balance shafts for smooth operation.

A sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation system is used in both units. Specifically, it includes an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for reducing nitrogen oxides using AdBlue reducing agent.

2.0 TDI 150 PS
The smaller of the two TDI engines offered at launch has an output of 150 PS; the 16-valve engine producing its peak power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm. The TDI generates its maximum torque of 340 Nm from a low 1,750 rpm, up to 3,000 rpm. When mated to the 7spd DSG the 150 PS Arteon 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 137 mph and accelerates to 62 mph in 9.1 seconds.

Fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg (combined). Urban fuel consumption is 52.3 mpg, extra- urban consumption 70.6 mpg. The corresponding CO2 emissions are 116 g/km.

2.0 TDI 240 PS
The Arteon’s largest TDI engine is also Volkswagen’s most powerful four-cylinder turbo diesel unit. The 16-valve unit delivers peak power to its DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive system at 4,000 rpm. The TDI develops its considerable maximum torque of 500 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

In order to achieve the high specific output of 120 PS per litre displacement, a compact bi-turbo module with one high-pressure and one low-pressure turbocharger was developed for the engine. The module enables turbo boost levels of up to 3.8 bar. Fuel is injected into the combustion chambers via piezo injectors at a pressure of up to 2,500 bar. With the 240 PS TDI engine, Volkswagen’s new GT reaches a top speed of 152 mph. The 0-62 mph time is a brisk 6.5 seconds.

Considering the high power output, its fuel consumption figures are notably low: 47.9 mpg combined; 39.8 mpg urban and 55.4 mpg extra-urban. Here, the CO2 emissions are a combined 152 g/km.

Both of the Arteon’s TDI engines are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter. Positioning the oxidation catalytic converter, diesel particulate filter and SCR system (selective catalytic reduction) close to the engine makes the emission control components react especially quickly. Using a specially coated diesel particulate filter the actual SCR catalytic converter system converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) within the exhaust gas into nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O). This conversion takes place using the synthetically produced AdBlue agent which is stored in a 13-litre tank and only requires refilling every 5,500 miles via a separate filler neck behind the tank flap.

RUNNING GEAR

Front-wheel drive Arteons sit on a front suspension featuring coil spring struts (coil springs with telescopic shock absorbers) and lower wishbones (track-stabilising scrub radius).

The four-link independent rear suspension has gas-filled shock absorbers with separate springs. Both axles are equipped with anti-roll bars.

The running gear of the new Arteon has been specifically enhanced, when compared against comparable Volkswagen MQB models: tailor making it for use in this dynamic gran turismo. Unique in its competitive class, the well-balanced blend of excellent handling dynamics and superior ride comfort becomes particularly evident on versions with DCC Dynamic Chassis Control.

DCC comes as standard with the two range-topping engines (280 PS TSI, 240 PS TDI) while all other Arteon models feature it as optional equipment.

The new, almost infinitely adaptable shock absorbers together with an increased range of adjustment deliver a ride quality reminiscent of vehicles equipped with air suspension. The Arteon distinguishes itself in particular through its highly direct and precise steering response, its extremely low roll angle and its neutral handling.

Thanks to its large track widths (1,587 to 1,591 mm front / 1,577 to 1,581 mm rear), the gran turismo impresses with its excellent lateral dynamics; in addition to the suspension layout, the long wheelbase also provides added comfort.

Last but not least, the car achieves a successful balance of good ride comfort, well controlled body movements and excellent isolation of high- frequency vibrations.

DCC in detail. In addition to the familiar settings of the driving mode selection (Comfort, Normal, Sport), for the first time the controlled shock absorbers on the Arteon can be almost infinitely adjusted across an expanded range from the individual settings sub-menu (Comfort+ to Sport+).

Beyond the familiar ‘Comfort’ setting, the driver can increase ride comfort of the Arteon even further by moving the control slider to the left (Comfort+); a setting that is even more dynamic than the familiar ‘Sport’ configuration can be set by moving the slider to the right (Sport+).

The Arteon is equipped with electromechanical power steering. It contributes considerably to the car’s agile character. The steering ratio is tuned to be direct and responsive even at the centre position, yet without jittery reactions when travelling on fast motorway sections.

Thanks to progressive steering, the driver does not need to turn the steering wheel as much to achieve the desired steering angle. The progressive steering requires only 2.1 turns from end stop to end stop.

While conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio the Arteon’s steering system, by contrast, operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This noticeably reduces steering work when manoeuvring and parking. On winding country roads and when turning at junctions, drivers will notice enhanced dynamic handling thanks to the more direct set-up.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Arteon is hugely significant to the future of the Volkswagen brand in that it ushers in a new era of Volkswagen design.

Two years ago (2015), Volkswagen presented an avant-garde Arteon concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show. The statement it made at the time was clear: this gran turismo shows a new phase of Volkswagen design.

Now, the concept car that garnered worldwide attention has entered production nearly unchanged. Looking back, Volkswagen Head of Design Klaus Bischoff explains: “The fact that the Arteon has gone into production with only minimal design changes from the show car demonstrates Volkswagen’s appetite for innovation.

“Exactly like the concept car, the Arteon we see today generates that ‘I want it’ feeling. As forecast in 2015, this car does indeed mark the start of a new design era.”

Tobias Sühlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s exterior design, explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon incorporate a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way.

“Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupé-style fastback design and a large rear hatch, this gran turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional saloons.”

Viewing the Arteon’s front end without focusing on the details, the first impression is that of a dynamic gran turismo that cleverly borders on being both a sports model and a saloon. But as soon as the details are considered it becomes clear how expressive and logical, harmonious and precise the design is.

The overall car design appears to develop from the active bonnet (with integrated safety mechanism for pedestrian protection) and the interconnected grille. The fact is that in the automotive world, a ‘clamshell‘ bonnet that extends over the entire front end up to the wheel arches is generally a feature of sports cars. “The Arteon has one of the largest bonnets in the entire Volkswagen Group”, according to Tobias Sühlmann.

The designer continues: “It is really like that of a sports car. When you open the bonnet you see the wheel housings. That is certainly unconventional for a car of this type.”

All of the contoured lines of the bonnet extend into the radiator grille – and vice versa. The grille, in turn, emphasises the significant width of the Arteon in its cross- bars. There is no Volkswagen radiator grille that is wider – it is the ‘face’ of a new Volkswagen generation.

The upper cross-bars enclose the LED headlights, and they simultaneously use finely integrated LED light conductors to perform the functions of daytime running lights and position lights, and, in the range-topping model, the indicator light function.

The lighting elements, radiator grille and bonnet now form one harmonious unit. The bonnet, which extends slightly over the LED headlights, makes a major contribution to the imposing front-end design. The bonnet lip runs over the headlights while continuing the lines of the radiator grille further into the sides and to the rear of the Arteon.

On the sides, the sharp bonnet lines that extend just over the wheel arches give the car an extremely low, sporty look.

“We have a line”, says Klaus Bischoff, “that runs through the entire car and brings the volume of the Arteon even closer to the ground. This line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs cleanly over the side profile and into the tail lights.”

On the car’s flanks it creates what is known as the character line. At the rear, it develops into a sharp undercut, which visually reduces the Arteon’s height and carries the strong shoulder section upwards. Above this, there is the long line of windows (known as a DLO – daylight opening) that extends into the C pillar. As with a coupé or convertible, the side door windows themselves feature a frameless design.

Surrounding the DLO is an elegant chrome frame. The DLO gives the Arteon a sophisticated, low and coupé-like look together with the character line that runs from the bonnet rearwards into the tail lights.

Viewed from the rear, it is easy to see just how dominant the shoulder sections of this fastback are. The muscular form stretches to the side and into the rear bodywork. From a slightly elevated perspective this produces a rear end design which, in its lines – a coupé-shaped glasshouse (roof and glass surfaces) on strong flanks – follows the example of a classic sports car and yet offers the volume of a business class gran turismo.

Also creating a powerful image from this perspective is the striking width of the Arteon. Creating an unmistakable design at night are the LED tail lights.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The Arteon is reinterpreting the idea of the ‘gran turismo’ inside, too, with its combination of avant-garde design, sporty charisma, great flexibility and generous space. The interactive, digital interfaces found inside include the Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and, optionally, a head-up display.

Volkswagen has utilised the latest infotainment systems. The top spec, optional, Discover Nav Pro system has a tablet-like glass surface while its 9.2-inch display features innovative gesture control.

The way in which a line – designed as a single visual unit of the dashboard and door shoulders – appears to wrap around the five passengers like a cocoon is unconventional and unique. The horizontally oriented dashboard of the Arteon transitions homogeneously into the front door trim panels.

The team, led by Volkswagen Head of Interior Design Tomasz Bachorski, designed the dashboard with a simplified layout that runs in a straight line and with a clean form. The central design element of the dashboard is an innovative air vent – designed as a functional yet decorative element – that extends across the entire width of the interior. This impression is completed by fine chrome trim strips on the vent louvres, which create a visual link to the cross-bars of the Arteon radiator grille.

Beneath the air vent and a decorative panel there is a very low-profile ambient lighting strip that continues into the doors. Its wrap-around lighting effect defines the space and creates a particularly soothing ambience.

Sporting style and elegance are the dominant aspects of the Arteon. Volkswagen’s Colour & Trim designers have coordinated their selection of materials and colours to match these aspects too. Three interior colour themes (black, dark grey and a combination of dark and light grey) match the range of exterior colours.

The interior ambience either tends toward elegance or sportiness, the Elegance Nappa leather as standard is available in a choice of 4 colours, whereas the sportier R-Line interior has a Nappa leather with carbon style side bolsters and R-Line logo embroidered in the back rest of the front seats. The leather interior choices for the Arteon Elegance include stylish two-tone Nappa leather finishes, and all Nappa leather features have contrast stitching.

Likewise the styling elements always appear in harmony with the sporty side of the Arteon. Examples of this are the diagonally oriented grain of the ‘Silver Birch’ fine wood trim in the Arteon Elegance and the ‘Silver Rise’ aluminium trim in the Arteon R-Line. Both types of accents are combined with ‘Piano Black’ panels in the area of the centre console.

But the Arteon does not offer form at the expense of function: this is a five-seat, long- distance cruiser with a practical and flexible luggage compartment.

Unlike many a traditional saloon, this gran turismo is also equipped with a flexible load bay. Indeed, thanks to its large rear hatch and its 1/3 to 2/3 folding rear seat backrest, the Arteon boasts an SUV-like amount of luggage space.

Cabin occupants, too, are not short of leg, head or shoulder room, benefitting as they do from the excellent package provided by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Significant space is created by the transversely mounted engine and the forward positioning of the front axle.

The generous front interior width of 1,500 mm provides a very real sensation of spaciousness. This also holds true for the interior height, which reaches a maximum of 1,008 mm in the front. Meanwhile Volkswagen has also exploited the potential of the long 2,837 mm wheelbase to provide excellent space for the three rear seating positions.

In terms of rear seat legroom, the figure of 1,016 mm is, at launch, the best in the competitive set. In fact, with this figure, the Arteon competes with luxury saloons measuring over five metres. Rear headroom is also excellent at 940 mm thanks to the long roof.

The outer seating positions take the form of contoured individual seats which offer outstanding ergonomics, while the third (centre) seat is capable of accommodating adults comfortably.

The rear interior width of 1,481 mm offers enough space for three adults as well as easy integration of child seats (ISOFIX retaining points are available on the outer rear seats as standard).

As outlined above, the asymmetrically folding rear backrest is standard. The middle seat position also features an armrest which can be folded down, and behind it there is a large pass-through opening which can be used to accommodate items such as skis. Thanks to its folding rear seat bench and generous interior length, the Arteon offers a measure of flexibility which far exceeds that of a traditional saloon. This is effectively illustrated by the vehicle’s boot volume of 563 - 1,557 litres.

The luggage compartment has a length of 1,181 mm and, if the rear backrest is folded down, this figure rises to a very considerable 2,092 mm.

TECHNOLOGY

By virtue of its MQB underpinnings, the new Arteon benefits from the latest advances in Volkswagen technology, allowing the latest assistance and infotainment systems to be deployed.

The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance systems match its avant-garde concept. Significantly updated new generation versions of seven of these systems are available on the new gran turismo: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Lighting System, Emergency Assist, proactive occupant protection system, Side Assist lane change system including Lane Assist lane departure warning, Rear Traffic Alert, and traffic sign recognition (which now also warns when speed limits are exceeded).

Additional technologies adapted from other Volkswagens include the park distance warning, park assist steering, Rear View reversing camera system and Area View surround view camera.

Assistance systems in detail
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The ACC system now also monitors speed limits and route data from the navigation system in order to automatically adjust vehicle speed. Until now, the system was implemented purely as a cruise control system that maintained a desired gap to the vehicle ahead: set the desired speed, and done – the Adaptive Cruise Control brakes and accelerates the vehicle.

Now, the new Arteon is the first Volkswagen that can also react to changing parameters along the route – operating within system limits. The car’s ACC utilises a radar sensor (for distance monitoring), a camera in the windscreen and the route information from the navigation system. Using the camera and the interconnected Dynamic Road Sign Display, the Arteon is able to “see” speed limits; it can even recognise city limits. The ACC adapts to these speed changes.

At the same time, the vehicle determines its position and predictively adjusts vehicle speed prior to bends, roundabouts and junctions using the front camera and route information from the navigation system. The Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking is permanently integrated into ACC. Working in combination with the DSG gearbox, the ACC will automatically set the Arteon in motion from a standstill in stop-go traffic jams or city driving. The adaptive cruise control is active at speeds ranging from 0 to 130 mph. Thanks to its predictive vehicle speed control, the system provides increased convenience while also helping to boost fuel economy.

Active Lighting System. The gran turismo comes with LED headlights for the dipped and main beams as standard, and both versions in the UK also feature Dynamic Light Assist automatic main beam control (a camera-based system which automatically activates and deactivates the main beam in response to oncoming traffic).

This also offers a new function in which the LED dual headlights illuminate the upcoming bend before the vehicle is even steered into it. Using LED dual headlights with so-called projector lenses, the dynamically regulated permanent main beam function (interactive permanent main beam as an extended function of Light Assist) and dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control, the system steers the headlights into bends according to steering angle by means of variably controlled headlight modules.

New with this feature is the ability to do this independently of steering angle and even predictively, using video information from the front camera and route information from the navigation system. Furthermore, the light pattern of the headlights is optimally adjusted to suit the radius of the curve, because light is not wasted illuminating the roadside.

Emergency Assist. The second generation of Emergency Assist offers more safety than ever. Now, if the driver becomes incapacitated for health reasons the system not only slows the car down within system limits, but also steers it into the slow lane to perform an emergency stop, traffic behind permitting.

The new Emergency Assist combines ACC (adaptive cruise control), Side Assist (lane change system), Lane Assist (lane departure warning) and Park Assist (park assist steering) into a single system. Once the sensors determine that the driver has not operated the accelerator, brake pedal or steering wheel over a specified period of time, the system network implements specifically targeted countermeasures.

The driver is initially warned and “woken” by means of acoustic, optical and haptic signals (braking jolt). If the driver still does not respond, the Emergency Assist system initiates the above-mentioned emergency stop. During this process the hazard warning lights are activated; additionally the Arteon initiates slight steering manoeuvres using Park Assist (electromechanical power steering intervention) and Lane Assist (camera- based lane detection) in order to alert fellow road users to the hazardous situation.

For its part, ACC enables automated braking and can work to prevent collisions with traffic ahead thanks to the radar sensor located in the vehicle’s front end. At the same time, the Arteon’s systems steer the vehicle into the nearside slow lane in a controlled fashion; meanwhile, Side Assist is monitoring traffic behind the car using its radar sensors in order to minimise the risk of collision while changing lanes.

Proactive occupant protection system. For the first time, the PreCrash sensors are not only able to react to the car’s handling behaviour (for instance, when ESC is triggered) and acute collision hazards from the front (detected via Front Assist), but, now, also to hazards from the rear.

The PreCrash system uses sensors in the Side Assist lane change assistant. The system’s radar sensors continuously monitor the positions and speeds of vehicles behind the Arteon. The proactive rear occupant protection system evaluates this data. It does this not only while the vehicle is in motion, but also when it is stationary (with the motor running or in start-stop mode); such as when waiting at a traffic light. When another vehicle approaches the system calculates the probability of a collision using data on the positions and speeds of both cars. If there is an imminent danger of a collision, the PreCrash assistance system reacts in the blink of an eye.

The hazard warning lights activate immediately; at the same time all windows are closed to just a small gap (for optimal bolstering of the side airbags) as is the sunroof. While this is happening, the belt tensioners tighten the front and outer rear seatbelts.

Last but not least, the optional electrically adjustable front seats are aligned. The belts, head restraints and airbags are now able to provide maximum protection.

Side Assist Plus, Lane Assist and Rear Traffic Alert. The Arteon comes with the Lane Assist lane departure warning system as standard. If the gran turismo is ordered with the optional Side Assist Plus with Rear Traffic Alert lane change system, which is activated from 6 mph, the two systems are combined.

The package can help prevent serious accidents in two main ways. On the motorway it detects both fast-moving overtaking vehicles, and slower ones in the blind spot, warns the driver and even countersteers via Lane Assist. Also, when reversing out of a parking space, the sensors detect vehicles approaching from the side that are not visible to the driver.

Traffic Jam Assist. Volkswagen developed Traffic Jam Assist based on Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and ACC. It is available in models with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The system makes traffic jams and stop-and-go driving much more comfortable using a clever interplay between assistance systems which enables the new car to drive semi-autonomously at speeds up to 37 mph.

The basis for this system is Lane Assist and its adaptive lane guidance. The second assistance system integrated into Traffic Jam Assist is ACC, which performs automatic acceleration and braking.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

The Arteon comes with the Discover Navigation infotainment system as standard equipment. With its glass-covered surface and 8-inch touchscreen, it is part of the new generation of Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) devices.

The ‘Security & Service Plus’ package (one-year service term) always come as standard as well, which also includes ‘Security & Service Basic’ (ten-year service term) as well as ‘Emergency Call service’.

The new MIB Systems are tailored in both appearance and functionality to work with the Arteon’s standard-fit 12.3-inch Active Info Display, giving rise to a new, fully digital world of displays and controls.

With its clear glass surface and integrated 8-inch colour display (800 x 400 resolution,

20.3 cm screen diagonal), the design of the Discover Navigation system is reminiscent of a tablet. In addition to two rotary/push-button controls, the system has eight function buttons.

The sound of the infotainment system (4 x 20 watts) is output over eight loudspeakers.

Along with SD card and AUX-IN interfaces, it offers a USB port (also compatible with Apple), a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones and a CD drive which is of course MP3-compatible. The system is also equipped with a Diversity antenna; this incorporates multiple antennas working together, which filter out signal disturbances and thus improve reception.

The GPS-based navigation system includes software updates at no charge for up to five years after end-of-production of the particular device generation. In addition, this includes a licence for Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ services which is also free-of-charge for three years.

Discover Navigation Pro. Optionally, Arteon buyers can choose the Discover Navigation Pro system. Equipped with gesture control and an impressive, completely glass- covered 9.2-inch display (1,280 x 640 pixels, 23.4 cm screen diagonal), this unit sees all control inputs made via the touchscreen and five capacitive touch controls along the left border of the infotainment system.

As intuitive as a smartphone: pressing the “Home” button takes the user back to the home screen from any submenu in a fraction of a second. Updates for the navigation software and a licence for ‘Guide & Inform’ are also integrated here.

The range of equipment offered with the Discover Navigation Pro system also includes an amplifier with 4 x 20 watts of output power, a DVD drive, a USB port (Apple compatible), two SD card slots, AUX-IN, an SSD drive with 10 GB of storage, a full range of music playback options, a movie player, jukebox, podcast player, as well as navigation. Options include Rear View (reversing camera) and two mobile phone interfaces.

The driver can customise the appearance of the home screen of the Discover Navigation Pro. Always arranged in a large field on the left side of the display is the navigation function; on the right, two smaller fields are available, one above the other. Functions can be custom-assigned to these two interactive display panels to create a multiple information display.

The Pro system is operated by gesture control, touch functions and voice control. Of course, the unit is also equipped with a proximity sensor that makes other menu items appear on the display when a hand approaches the screen.

Digital Instruments
Active Info Display. All of the instruments are displayed virtually via software on the 12.3-inch Active Info Display. Its 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution enables extremely precise and sophisticated rendering of all details.

There are five different information profiles, in which the kind of information and graphics displayed changes in certain areas. The driver can select from ‘Classic’, ‘Consumption & Range’, ‘Efficiency’, ‘Performance & Driver Assistance’ or ‘Navigation’, and the interactive elements of the Active Info Display are illustrated well by the Navigation profile. Here, the speedometer and rev counter are relocated to the sides to make more room for the navigation map in the middle.

Information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can also be integrated into the speedometer and rev counter graphics as necessary. Data such as telephone contact images and CD covers can also be displayed in the Active Info Display.

Head-up display. The optional head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed or navigation pictograms directly into the driver’s primary field of vision. Thanks to this projection, drivers can keep their eyes on the road while looking at data such as speed. Using the infotainment system menu the driver can decide which information they would like to view: current speed, speed limit, navigation instructions, information from the assistance systems and/or warnings.

The head-up display of the Arteon is a “combined solution” in that the data is projected onto an extendable glass panel in front of the windscreen. When it is not being used, the display panel is protected by being lowered into the dashboard, and the opening has a flush fit.

CONNECTIVITY VIA APPS AND ONLINE SERVICES

App Connect. The latest generation Modular Infotainment Matrix allows the simple connection of the Arteon with today’s Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. Along with MirrorLink™ (Android), App Connect now also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (Google) into the infotainment systems.

Car-Net ‘Security & Service’. Volkswagen offers the ‘Security & Service’ (Plus and Basic) package as standard on the Arteon. It gives the driver access to real-time help in a wide range of situations. Highlights include features such as ‘Emergency Service’, ‘Automatic accident reporting’, ‘Roadside service’ and ‘Service scheduling’ (scheduling routine maintenance with the service garage).

In addition, the Car-Net app or Car-Net portal can be used to access various vehicle status data such as fuel level and parking position, as well as activate certain functions. For instance, the auxiliary heater can be started remotely.

Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’. Various online services can be accessed using ‘Guide & Inform’. It includes a range of services for the Discover Navigation system and an extended range for the Discover Navigation Pro system.

Services available for Discover Navigation include ‘Online POI Search’, ‘Online Destination Import’, ‘Route Import’, ‘Fuel Info’ (location and price), ‘News’, ‘Parking Info’ (location, availability and price), ‘Weather’, ‘Charging Stations’ (for electric and plug-in hybrid models) and ‘Online Traffic Information’.

The Discover Navigation Pro system also includes voice-activated ‘Online POI Search’, ‘Online Map Update’ and ‘Online Grace Note’ which can be used to load album cover information into the vehicle.

Media Control. The Media Control app can be used to govern many infotainment system functions conveniently from a smartphone or tablet. Passengers simply connect their devices via the WiFi hotspot of the infotainment system.

Systems that can be controlled include the radio, all audio and video sources as well as the navigation system. Standard features in the navigation menu are supplemented by an address-search function that uses the Internet and which can also be used to enter selected search results as destination inputs.

Passengers can also send the calendar events and address book entries of a tablet or smartphone to the infotainment system for use as navigation destinations.

CLIMATE CONTROL

A new three-zone (driver, passenger, rear) automatic climate control system is fitted as standard in the Arteon. The Air Care Climatronic system boasts an innovative filtering technology. Uniquely, using an air quality sensor with an active biogenic filter, it maintains air quality at a consistently high level and prevents the infiltration of pollutants, even fungal spores and allergens.

SERVICING AND WARRANTY

Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Arteon. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking. In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.

In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s lifetime it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

The Arteon has a three-year (first- and second-year manufacturer operated, third- year retailer-operated) / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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