2022 Volkswagen Arteon Gets R-Level Power Upgrade

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It might be the last full-size sedan to roam US streets.

With the Toyota Avalon ending production after this year, there are very few mainstream sedans left on sale in the United States. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is one of the few left and is a unique offering thanks to its hatchback trunk and coupe-like styling. Last year's model received a stunning facelift, but the US market was denied the two coolest variants: the practical shooting brake and the 316-horsepower Arteon R. Though the R still isn't coming stateside, VW will give us something close.

For the 2022 model year, the Arteon gets a significant power bump. Output increases from last year's 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power goes out to the front wheels or optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, now using a seven-speed dual-clutch rather than the outgoing eight-speed automatic.

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The base SE R-Line model includes 18-inch wheels, Park Distance Control (front and rear), and includes wireless phone charging. Stepping up to the SEL R-Line adds 4Motion and available 20-inch dark graphite wheels. At the top of the range, the SEL Premium R-Line model gains more luxurious features such as a Harman Kardon audio system, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, massaging driver's seat, heated rear seats, rear seat climate controls, a power trunk, and a 360-degree camera.

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Pricing for the SE R-Line starts at $39,995 plus a $1,195 destination fee. This is $3,000 more than the 2021 model, which started at $36,995, but the 2021 now includes standard IQ.DRIVE advanced driver assistance technology. Stepping up to the SEL R-Line costs $44,615. There is no pricing available for SEL Premium R-Line yet, but last year's model was priced at $46,995.

Though the US-spec car still lacks the sportier styling of the European Arteon R, this performance increase is welcomed. The 2022 Arteon will likely improve it's 0-60 mph times and feel quicker on the road. Deliveries should begin later this year.

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