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Volkswagen Arteon local specs confirmed, on sale in Australia in October

Volkswagen Australia has announced some specs and local details for the incoming Arteon four-door coupe, ahead of its market launch here in October.

The Arteon was only just unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March this year, but it seems the local arm is jumping straight onto it and securing some initial details for an Australian-specification version.

Volkswagen Australia confirms local customers will be offered the top 206TSI R-Line version. It uses the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine from the Golf R and Passat 206TSI, producing 206kW and 350Nm. It’s hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto with 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

The company confirms performance across the 0-100km/h sprint occurs in a very respectable 5.6 seconds. Fuel economy figures are yet to be announced, but if we take a look at the 206TSI Passat sedan and its 7.3L/100km average, it’s probably a good indication.

Based on the Passat, which in turn is based on VW’s MQB platform, the Arteon goes for a more distinct and sporty look. It features a longer wheelbase (by 50mm) than the Passat, helping to increase rear seat legroom by 45mm. Despite the swooping roofline, headroom in the back is also “excellent” according to VW, with 95mm of extra body length.

In the back there’s a generous boot, offering 563 litres, which is slightly down on 586L offered in the Passat sedan. The tailgate is power operated for easy opening and closing.

Being the top-of-the-line Volkswagen passenger car in the showroom, the Arteon will come extensively equipped, and even adds a number of Volkswagen firsts. Head-up display will be offered for the first time, as well as ‘Proactive Occupant Protection System’ which assists in reducing the severity of rear-end collisions. Volkswagen explains:

“If the Proactive Occupant Protection System system detects an imminent risk, hazard warning lights come on displaying the rear emergency collision alert signal and the system simultaneously closes all windows (except for a narrow gap that improves the bracing effect of the front head airbags) and the sliding sunroof. In parallel with this the belt tensioners pull the front safety belts taut.”

Other highlights include adaptive cruise control, lane assist, park assist, a Discover Pro 9.2-inch touch-screen interface, heated rear seats, dynamic indicators, and adaptive chassis control.

Prices will be announced closer to the car’s launch in October. See below for a full list of highlights.

New and unique specification for the Arteon includes:

  • Head-up Display
  • Area View
  • Dynamic Light Assist
  • Easy open and close tailgate
  • 3 Colour Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Emergency Assist 2
  • Dynamic Indicators
  • Frameless side windows
  • Row 2 heated outer seats
  • 19-inch Montevideo Alloys
  • Proactive Occupant Protection (Rear Sensing)
  • Unique Active Info Display theme
  • Unique style of R-Line seats
  • Larger wheelbase for extra interior space
  • Coupe design with lift back tailgate

Standard equipment also includes:

  • 7-speed DSG
  • 4MOTION all-wheel-drive
  • Active Info Display
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Braking
  • Side Assist
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Adaptive Chassis Control
  • Driving Profile Selection
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Memory function for the driver
  • Discover Pro 9.2-inch Infotainment System with Gesture Control
  • App-Connect
  • Keyless access and push button start
  • Tinted (65 per cent) rear windows seat/mirrors

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.