The Volkswagen Arteon is about to get a lot more practical.
The Volkswagen Arteon is already a sleek and spacious sedan, but it's about to get even more practical. Back in 2018, reports claimed Volkswagen will build a shooting brake version of the Arteon. VW hasn't officially announced the Arteon Shooting Brake yet, but leaked photos posted online last month appeared to show the model on an assembly line completely undisguised. Now, a Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake prototype has been caught testing in Sweden flaunting its long sloping roof.
Volkswagen has camouflaged the prototype to look like a Passat Variant, but the automaker isn't fooling us. Technically, the model that leaked last month was China's CC Travel Edition, so this is our first look at the European Arteon Shooting Brake.
As well as a longer roof, the Arteon Shooting Brake has a roof-mounted wing, plastic cladding on the wheel arches, wider side sills, and lifted suspension to give it a more rugged appearance. Judging from its size, the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake will be both stylish and practical, with copious amounts of cargo space.
In China, the CC Travel Edition is expected to use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing between 184 and 217 horsepower paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. America's Arteon, on the other hand, has a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through an eight-speed automatic.
While we'd love to see the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake go on sale in America, it probably isn't going to happen. Volkswagen has discontinued the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen in America, so the Arteon Shooting Brake could fill the void. That said, the Arteon isn't a strong seller in America with just 2,449 units sold last year, so adding a shooting brake version to the US Arteon lineup might be difficult to justify.
We should find out about US availability when the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake debuts later this year when the standard Arteon is also expected to receive a facelift to keep it looking fresh.