Volkswagen is launching the refreshed Arteon on the US market. The 2021 Arteon will start at $36,995. The updated brand halo offers a new front end with sharpened design elements and greater levels of refinement inside, along with advanced connectivity and new driver assistance options.
The Arteon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting; 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on the midlevel trim and standard on the top trimline. The DCC adaptive damping system is standard, as is the XDS cross-differential lock at the front and rear, improving vehicle dynamics and handling.
The refreshed Arteon features a refined front end and sharpened design elements. The long, wide hood and front apron have been modified to emphasize the vehicle’s ample width with three striking chrome bars. For the first time, the Arteon can also be configured with an illuminated light bar in the grille. On midrange and top trim models, new LED daytime running lights (DRLs) connect to form a central light bar in the grille, surrounding the new Volkswagen logo and giving an unmistakable lighting signature. A character line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs smoothly across the silhouette up to the tail light clusters. At the rear, the VW badge and Arteon lettering have been redesigned. Three new colors are added for model year 2021—Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Pearl, and Lapiz Blue Metallic.
On the inside, Arteon has been equipped with a redesigned cockpit that has been refined to match the model’s exclusive nature. New décor trim and an available 30-color ambient lighting system augment a new dash design, while new digital touch surfaces with haptic feedback are used on the new multifunction steering wheel and with the new Climatronic Touch interface. Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is standard and all models are equipped with the MIB3 Discover Media infotainment system, which offers an 8.0-inch display, navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio with 360L (three-month trial), and wireless App-Connect; wireless charging is available. All trims come standard with the next generation Car-Net telematics system and have in-car Wi-Fi capability when subscribed to a data plan. The top trim includes an all-new 700-watt, 12-speaker harman/kardon premium audio system.
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in three trim levels and is expected to begin arriving at Volkswagen dealers in Q4 2020.