Volkswagen will be showing off the sporty Arteon R-Line model at New York next week.
We were worried that the Volkswagen Arteon would be a European-only model and remain forbidden fruit in the US but that's not thankfully the case. The stunning sedan will be arriving in US dealerships later this fall, but despite it not even being available in America yet, VW has announced that a sporty R-Line package will be available at launch. Available for every trim level ranging from SE to SEL Premium, the appearance package spices up the sedan with new sporty exterior details.
Among the new design features include the option of unique 19- or 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels, as well as R-Line badging, a unique front bumper incorporating stylish air intakes finished in gloss black, R-Line air inlets and cover panels, and a gloss black rear spoiler. Inside, Arteons equipped with the R-Line package will greet drivers with the R-Line logo on the start screen of the infotainment system. Elsewhere, there's contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, metallic trim, a black headliner, stainless-steel sport pedal covers, and stainless-steel door sills with the R-Line logo.
Since the R-Line is a "performance-inspired" appearance package there are no mechanical upgrades, so the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine generating 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic remains the only option. An all-wheel drive system will also be available as an option on every trim level. While the R-Line gives the Arteon a racier look, what we're really waiting for is the rumored VR6 performance variant with 400 horsepower on tap. Now that would really spice things up. In the meantime, VW will be showing off the Arteon R-Line at the New York Auto Show next week.