Provided that the new Volkswagen Arteon first went on sale within the U.S. final April as a kind of late alternative for the discontinued CC sedan, now may appear a bit early for a face-lift. However in Europe, the swoopy hatch-sedan has been on sale since on this type since 2017, so there, the VW is due for a mid-cycle refresh, which we’re subsequently getting, too. Meet the up to date 2021 Volkswagen Arteon, which features a handful of enhancements inside and outside, which might be construed as unhealthy information for Individuals who purchased the first-year 2020 mannequin and excellent news for anybody who hasn’t but pulled the set off on one.
2021 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Arteon: What’s New?
On the skin, the 2021 Arteon‘s modifications are delicate. The four-door hatch will get a brand new decrease valance design and grille, which may now be specified with a skinny LED gentle bar that stretches between the accent lighting signature of the headlights.
In again, the 2021 VW Arteon wears VW’s not too long ago redesigned emblem and new “Arteon” badging throughout its liftgate. A number of different visible distinctions assist separate the trim ranges, which have been diminished to a few for the U.S. market. Moreover, three new exterior colours be part of the palette for 2021: Oryx White, Kings Pink Metallic, and Lapiz Blue.
Recent Inside Swag
The cabin is the place the Arteon actually ups its sport. Volkswagen says all the dashboard panel, together with HVAC vents, surfaces, and trim particulars, has been redesigned—once more, stunning one yr in to the automobile’s life right here within the U.S., and nonetheless so when you think about most mid-cycle refreshes (as applies to the Euro mannequin) do not contain chopping up a automobile’s inside.
A brand new heart stack with revised air con controls and an upgraded MIB three touchscreen infotainment interface that now helps wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity joins the fancier sprint. Supplies have been made extra upscale with new leather-based, materials, and leatherette (fake leather-based), plus aluminum trim borrowed from the Touareg flagship SUV, which is not offered right here.
However, maybe the Arteon’s finest get together trick is its accessible 30-color LED ambient lighting function that extends to the door panel trim. It is a distinctive contact that positively provides to the premium really feel of the cabin. One other function that makes the Arteon really feel extra upmarket—each compared to the dowdier U.S.-market Passat and different mid-size sedans—is its 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit gauge cluster, which is now normal throughout the vary. For audiophiles, a brand new 700-watt, 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system is accessible.
2021 Volkswagen Arteon: Identical Engine, Extra Security
Although Europe will get a brand new plug-in hybrid drivetrain, engine and transmission choices carry over from final yr within the U.S. market. Meaning the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon’s sole drivetrain selection will proceed to be a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder good for 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Patrons get one transmission selection, an eight-speed computerized transmission. SE fashions are front-wheel-drive solely, whereas SEL R-Line come normal with FWD however have the choice of including VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The range-topping SEL Premium R-Line is AWD solely.
For 2021, the Arteon will get extra normal security options. Now included at no further price is Blind Spot Detection, Rear-Site visitors Alert, and Entrance Help automated emergency braking. Beginning with the SEL R-Line, Lane Help lane departure mitigation turns into normal. Mixed with stop-and-go adaptive cruise management, that function kinds a collection VW calls Journey Help, which is meant to assist the motive force on lengthy drives.
Wait, What Concerning the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon Taking pictures Brake?
Sadly, as a lot as we would like to have an Arteon wagon on our shores—such a thing exists!—the enterprise case simply is not there for VW. With its further pillar and longer roofline, the taking pictures brake affords extra rear headroom and cargo area, although VW has but to launch full quantity specs on the wagon mannequin.
The refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is about to go on sale in late October, however pricing has not been introduced but. To keep up the hole between the Volkswagen and Audi manufacturers, nonetheless, VW says to count on a roughly 10-percent decrease base value in comparison with the equally sized Audi A5 Sportback. That also needs to maintain the Arteon firmly in entry-luxury value territory, the place it not directly combats the Acura TLX, Buick Regal Sportback, Kia Stinger, and the Lexus ES.