At long last, but there's no indication that we'll get the sexy wagon variant.
The Volkswagen Arteon is one of the most underrated luxury sedans out there, but interest in the car is beginning to blossom as the 2022 model gets a boost in power. That's all good and well, but what we really want is the Arteon R that was revealed last year. Sadly, it and its beautiful wagon variant are forbidden fruit to us in America. Or at least they were.
In patent applications recently filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, CarBuzz has discovered that the Arteon R's bumper designs are destined for American shores, which means that the car they go on will be joining us soon.
Unfortunately, we've only discovered filings for the design of the Arteon R sedan, so it seems unlikely at this stage that the wagon will be joining us. Still, that could change if there's enough interest in the four-door version.
In case you don't know what the Arteon R offers over and above the regular model, here's a quick recap: The Arteon R borrows the Lapiz Blue metallic paint and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found on the Golf R, only with a little more power. Here, the all-wheel-drive system has 316 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque to contend with, but the sedan does boast R-Performance Torque Vectoring for improved handling. As usual, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic handles shifts.
So when can we expect the new Arteon R to arrive stateside? We have no idea, but we're quite certain that it won't be for a while yet. The patent applications we discovered were filed in August of last year but only approved today, so it could be some time before all the logistics, infrastructure, and marketing machinery is in place for a US debut. Still, we have hope that most of that will be in place already, and that we don't have much longer to wait. Our best guess is that it'll arrive early next year, and if it performs well, we'll allow ourselves to dream of the wagon making its way here too.