The Passat CC is gone. Long live the Arteon.
Volkswagen answered our prayers last February at the Chicago Auto Show when it unveiled the US-spec Arteon four-door coupe. Set to replace the now discontinued and beloved Passat CC, the Arteon is the beautiful sedan the regular US market Passat isn't. Sleek, stylish, and sexy. That about sums up the Arteon. While we've heard some rumors here and there that we can expect a high-performance Arteon R, the so-called base model will certainly be no slouch. The Arteon is based on VW's MQB platform, which also underpins the likes of the Atlas and various other models in the corporate stable.
Power will come courtesy of a 2.0-liter turbo four with 268 hp – 33 more ponies than what this same engine produces in the significantly larger Atlas crossover. Torque is more modest at 258 lb-ft, while power will be delivered to the front or all four wheels via VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system by a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. Like we said, there's lots to like here, and this new batch of Arteon images makes us crave it even more. They were taken by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Douglas Sonders at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The apparent goal of the photo shoot was to "capture the car's essence," according to Sonders, who decided to do a shoot in a technical vibe, with retro influences. Turns out Sonders was even inspired by '80s synth wave music and related visuals. Volkswagen has yet to provide a precise Arteon on-sale date in the US, but it has made clear it will be in dealerships towards the end of this year.