Volkswagen Arteon makes United States debut at Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen's Arteon sedan makes it North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen's Arteon sedan makes it North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show

It's a tricky time for sedans, and the Arteon is making its own niche as a premium offering that is larger and nicer than the Passat midsize sedan, but not quite as nice as the Audi A5. Arteon is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space.

Volkswagen's Arteon sedan makes it North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Arteon's wheelbase is more than 5 inches longer than the CC-111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches-and is paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. There's the brand's familiar chrome cross-bar grille that tapers into standard LED headlights. Arteon rides on standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with available 19-inch wheels.

"The Arteon is Volkswagen's brand shaper", said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the VW of American's North American Region.

The sporty and refined interior features premium materials and includes heated front seats with leatherette surfaces.

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The interior of the Arteon is upscale with a lot of soft-touch materials as well as heated nappa leather seats front and back.

The Arteon seats five passengers, and it includes standard features like push-button start and an 8-inch multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is, in fact, an emphasis on technology, with an optional, reconfigurable "virtual" instrument cluster.

The 2019 VW Arteon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

It will be available in three trims-SE, SEL, and Premium-but only one engine.

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Advanced safety and driver assist technologies such as automatic cruise control, automatic high-beam adjustment, and lane-keeping assist are also available features of the 2019 Arteon.

On the safety front, Arteon comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking and a blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert. The automaker also will offer 4Motion all-wheel-drive on all trim levels.

Every Arteon model will come with the People First Warranty, America's Best Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

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