2017 Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line

IT’S set to be the German brand’s new flagship passenger car, and now we know exactly what it’s going to look like, its performance, and the special features set to leap the new Volkswagen forward with some major technological advancements.

The Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line will come standard with the brand’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol four which realises 206kW of power and 350Nm of torque, driven through the new DQ381 7-speed wet-clutch DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive transmission. The new look VW will run to 100km/h from a standing start in 5.6 seconds.

Sporting a completely new design, the Arteon (which replaces the CC and is in essence the Passat Coupe) will have very limited options, thanks mostly to the extensive standard features list, with buyers able to choose between metallic or pearl effect paint, a panoramic glass sunroof and Dynaudio premium sound system, with the option to add 20-inch Rosario alloy wheels.

VW has gone big on safety as a way of setting the Arteon apart from its competitors, with the new lift-back sedan to feature HUD and Proactive Occupant Protection (a 360-degree risk warning system that works when the vehicle is moving or stationary that is capable of shutting the windows and sunroof, and pulling the seat belts taut – ahead of a serious impact).

Additionally, should you buy one, your new set of wheels will be the first Volkswagen to ever be fitted with Emergency Assist 2, a next-level safety system that will actually pull the vehicle into the emergency lane and bring it to a complete stop if it does not receive driver feedback as part of the Lane Assist monitoring and warning system.

The colour range will include Pure White, a single pearl colour – Deep Black, and five metallic options – Pyrite Silver, Manganese Grey, Turmeric Yellow, Chilli Red (as shown) and Atlantic Blue. Pricing will be available closer to launch – set down for October 2017.

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