By Stewart Smith on 2017-08-08 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New VW flagship here
VOLKSWAGEN'S new flagship, the Arteon, will be in showrooms in September and is ready to be ordered now, priced from Â£34,305.
The Arteon has sleek coupe styling and sits above the Passat in the Volkswagen range. It's able to carry five people in considerable comfort with, according to VW, best-in-class legroom of 1,016 mm. Luggage space is 563 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to 1,557 litres of available carrying capacity when the rear seats are folded.
The Arteon range will initially feature three turbo charged direct injection engines: a 280bhp 2.0 TSI petrol and two 2.0 TDI diesel engines with outputs of 240bhp and 150bhp.
In due course, additional engines will complete the range including Volkswagen's newly designed 150bhp 1.5 TSI Evo unit, featuring economy-boosting cylinder deactivation technology, and a 190bhp 2.0 TSI).
All the transversely mounted four cylinder engines can be combined with an automated DSG dual clutch seven-speed gearbox while the most potent units also feature Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.
As far as performance and economy goes the Arteon will sprint from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds in 2.0 TSI 280bhp guise, while the 2.0 TDI 150bhp-equipped Arteon will offer 62.8 mpg in the EU's official combined fuel economy measure.
The Arteon comes with a goodly amount of kit including the latest infotainment, connectivity.
It is offered in two trim levels, Elegance or the sporting R-Line, and among the many highlights are 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.
Assistance systems in every Arteon include: adaptive cruise control with predictive cruise control, city emergency braking; front assist; speed assist; traffic jam assist, lane assist and driver alert fatigue warning system.
Volkswagen head of marketing in the UK, Geraldine Ingham says: "We are very excited to make the stunning new Arteon available to UK customers..
"This new flagship model represents a significant step forward in design, technology and, indeed, aspiration and we are confident that the Arteon will more than meet the high expectations of our customers."
"With a selection of engines available to order now - and more engine options on the way - we are also looking forward to seeing the Arteon make inroads into the important fleet sector in due course."
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