Volkswagen’s Arteon is the successor to the CC in the role of Wolfsburg’s most premium sedan offering, sharing its modular MQB platform with the CC along with a host of other cars from Audi, SEAT and Skoda. The Volkswagen Atlas SUV also is MQB-based. This is a serious potential profit center for Volkswagen, and the Arteon enters 2021 with revisions that include a whole new front end treatment, which can be optionally outfitted with an illuminated bar running across the center of the grille to keep things interesting. The 2021 Arteon is offered in three trim levels, and offers a veritable gondola full of standard connectivity that includes Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Climatronic Touch, MIB3 infotainment with wireless App-Connect, enhanced voice recognition, USB-C charging, an upgraded navigation system, Car-Net with Wi-Fi capability, and SiriusXM with 360L streaming and satellite content. That’s a lot. The Arteon also lets its driver choose from a palette of 30 interior lighting shades.
The Arteon engine is Volkswagen’s TSI turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four, a member of the EA888 engine family, whose thinwall cast-iron engine block weighs just 72 pounds, and which produces 268 horsepower. Front drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive are available, with an eight-speed automatic transmission standard. Offered across three trim levels, the Arteon MSRPs begin at $36,995.