Volkswagen's best-looking model set to become even more practical.
The Volkswagen CC was easily the brand's best-looking model. Luckily, VW found a way to improve on the CC with the new Arteon. We initially thought the Arteon would only be sold in Europe, but it is coming to the US. The Arteon already has a practical liftback design, but Volkswagen has flirted with the idea of building an even more practical Shooting Brake. Now Auto Express reports Volkswagen will build an estate version of the Arteon, which could arrive with a 400-horsepower drivetrain.
Volkswagen has officially signed off on an Arteon Estate, though no release date has been decided on. The Arteon is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 276 hp. When asked about a more powerful variant, Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz, head of product line for medium and full size cars for VW, said "If we build a six-cylinder engine – we are discussing it for the Arteon, we have built one already in a prototype vehicle – it will be one which you can also use in the Atlas and vice versa." The engine Licharz spoke of is rumored to be a 3.0-liter turbocharged VR6 with 404 hp. There are currently no MQB chassis car in Europe with a six-cylinder engine, so the Arteon would be the first.
We highly doubt a wagon variant of the Arteon would make it to the US, but perhaps we could still get the rumored V6 model. This would be an excellent flagship model for the Volkswagen brand in the US.