Volkswagen's new Arteon Gran Turismo premium sedan will be a muscular-looking successor to the CC when in arrives in the U.S. next year as a 2019 model.
The Arteon, shown at last week's Geneva auto show, is based on VW's 2015 Sport Coupe Concept GTE. It will slot above the Passat in the brand's global lineup, with sales beginning in mid-June in Germany, a VW spokesman said. Pricing was not announced.
The Arteon is built on VW's MQB architecture. With a low, broad front fascia and fastback tail, the Arteon is designed to give the brand's top sedan a more muscular appearance than its predecessor.
When it arrives in U.S. dealerships, the Arteon will be equipped with one of three powertrains: a 1.5-liter turbocharged Evo inline-four mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic producing 148 hp with front-wheel drive; a 2.0-liter inline-four mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic producing 188 hp with fwd; or a top trim 2.0-liter inline-four all-wheel-drive version producing 276 hp. VW will offer a turbodiesel-powered Arteon lineup in Europe.
EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available.
For increased safety, the Arteon will feature VW's latest generation of adaptive cruise control, which will take speed limits and route information into account and adjust speed accordingly.