Sadly, the high-performance 2021 Volkswagen Arteon R won't be coming to America.
Combining the sleek design of a coupe with the practicality of a sedan, the Volkswagen Arteon is already one of the best-looking sedans on the market, but that hasn't stopped Volkswagen from giving it a refresh for the 2021 model year with sharper styling, a redesigned cockpit, and new driver assists.
To give the Arteon a fresh face, the front fascia has been refined with sharper design elements. For the first time, the Arteon can now be configured with an illuminated grille, while mid-range models are equipped with new LED daytime running lights that connect to form a central light bar in the grille, mimicking the new Volkswagen Golf. Elsewhere, the lower front section has been tweaked. Whereas the front apron on the previous Arteon featured four chrome bars, the 2021 version features three more striking chrome bars. The outer and bottom segments of the front apron also match the body color.
To distinguish the trims, the SE trim now has two additional air intake openings in front of the wheels, as well as a chrome bar integrated above the front spoiler, while the R-Line features one larger, continuous, bottom air intake above the front spoiler surrounded by a C-shaped section on the outside in front of the front wheels painted in the body color.
At the rear, the VW badge and Arteon lettering have been redesigned. Three new colors have been added for the 2021 model year: Oryx White, Kings Red Metallic, and Lapiz Blue. While the exterior changes are subtle, the interior cockpit has been completely redesigned.
Everything from the center console, infotainment section, and air-conditioning control to the top sections of the door trims have been overhauled. The fabrics and leather materials have also been upgraded and the door handles and leatherette inserts in the doors have been redesigned.
As standard, the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is fitted with a large 10.25-inch digital display and an upgraded eight-inch infotainment system with navigation, voice control, multi-phone pairing, and wireless App-Connect. Wireless charging is also new for 2021. For the first time, Volkswagen is offering a premium 12-speaker sound system for the 2021 Arteon.
Powering the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine producing 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is available for on SEL R-Line models and comes as standard on SEL Premium R-Line models. In Europe, a new, more practical Arteon Shooting Brake will join the 2021 model lineup along with new powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid powertrain developing 215 hp and a high-performance R version with 315 hp. Sadly, Volkswagen has confirmed our fears that the hardcore Arteon R won't be coming to America.
New driver assists include a Dynamic Road Sign Display that uses a forward-facing camera to detect and read road signs, a Travel Assist system with updated Adaptive Cruise Control enabling automated driving at 0-130 mph, and an updated rearview camera with a wide-angle 170-degree corner view and a trailer view.
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will arrive in US dealers this November. Pricing will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.