Volkswagen has used a refresh of its Arteon four-door coupe model, using the update to add a new body style in the form of the Shooting Brake, as well as introducing a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the range across both bodystyles.
Coming to the UK in the second half of 2020, the new additions to the range are joined by a mild facelift of the existing four-door couple model that sits above the Passat in the Volkswagen line-up.
With a luggage area of 565 litres, the new Shooting Brake body style offers only two litres more load space than the fastback style already on sale when packed to the seat line, with another 25 litres if packed to the roof, and Volkswagen described the new model as “a totally new and expressive interpretation of the concept” of an estate car. The Shooting Brake does offer 48mm more rear headroom, and 11mm in the front, while all the external dimensions are the same for both variants, apart from the Shooting Brake’s extra 19mm of height. It’s seen by the brand as arrival to the BMW 3- and 5-Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant and Volvo V60, among others.
“When Volkswagen launched the Arteon in 2017, I said that it merged the design elements of a traditional sports car with the elegance and available space of a fastback,” said VW group head of design department Klaus Zyciora. “With the new Arteon Shooting Brake, we now present the reinterpretation of the estate and the most expressive vehicle we have introduced with a hatchback body to date.”
The eHybrid model combines 1.4-litre petrol engine with 85kW electric motor for a total of 218hp and zero emission driving of up to 34 miles from the 13kWh battery, although Volkswagen isn’t giving out emissions figures.
Other changes for the revised Arteon include an increased differentiation between the Elegance and R-Line trim levels through different front bumper and spoiler treatments, as well as different exhaust pipes and, in the case of the R-Line, a rear lip spoiler. New colour options and alloy wheel designs will also come with the update, while on the inside, VW claimed to have increased cabin quality and fitted a new air conditioning control unit.
There will also be a new performance top to the range in the form of the Arteon R, a 320hp four-wheel drive model.