2021 Volkswagen Arteon First Look: Yep, VW Updated It After One Year
Given that the new Volkswagen Arteon went on sale for the first time in the United States last April as a sort of late replacement for the abandoned CC sedan, it might seem a bit early for a facelift. But in Europe, the swoopy hatchback has been on sale since in this form since 2017, so there, the VW is due for a mid-cycle refresh, which we therefore also get. Check out the update for the Volkswagen Arteon 2021, which includes a handful of interior and exterior improvements, which could be interpreted as bad news for Americans who bought the 2020 first-year model and good news for those who have not yet pulled the trigger.
Volkswagen Arteon 2021 vs 2020 Arteon: What’s new?
On the outside, the changes to the Arteon 2021 are subtle. The four-door tailgate benefits from a new design and a low valance grille, which can now be specified with a thin LED light bar that extends between the signature headlight accent lighting.
At the rear, the VW Arteon 2021 carries the recently redesigned VW emblem and the new “Arteon” badge on its tailgate. Several other visual distinctions help to separate the trim levels, which have been reduced to three for the American market. In addition, three new exterior colors will be added to the palette for 2021: Oryx white, metallic royal red and Lapiz blue.
Fresh interior swag
The cabin is where the Arteon really increases its play. Volkswagen claims the entire dashboard, including the vents, surfaces and HVAC trim details, has been redesigned – again, surprisingly a year in the life of the car here in the United States, and always so when you consider most mid-cycle refreshments (as the case may be (in the Euro model) do not involve cutting the interior of a car .
A new central stack with revised climate controls and an improved MIB 3 touchscreen infotainment interface that now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity joins the more sophisticated dashboard. The materials have been made more upscale with new leather, fabrics and imitation leather (faux leather), as well as aluminum trim borrowed from the flagship SUV of Touareg, which is no longer sold here.
But, perhaps the best party tip from Arteon is its available 30-color LED ambient lighting feature that extends to the trim of the door panel. It’s a unique touch that definitely adds to the premium feel of the cabin. Another feature that makes the Arteon feel more upscale, both compared to the US market Passat and other mid-size sedans, is its group of 10.25-inch digital cockpit gauges, which is now standard across the range. For audiophiles, a new Harman Kardon 700-watt stereo system with 12 speakers is available.
Volkswagen Arteon 2021: same engine, more safety
Although Europe has a new plug-in hybrid transmission, the engine and transmission options are the same as last year on the American market. This means that the only transmission choice for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will continue to be a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder with 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Buyers have a choice of transmission, an eight-speed automatic transmission. The SE models are front-wheel drive only, while the SEL R-Line comes standard with front-wheel drive but has the option of adding VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The top-of-the-range SEL Premium R-Line range is all-wheel drive only.
For 2021, the Arteon gets more standard safety features. Now included at no additional cost, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and automated emergency braking with front assistance. From the SEL R-Line, Lane Assist lane departure attenuation becomes standard. Combined with the adaptive cruise control stop-and-go, this function forms a VW suite called Travel Assist, which is intended to help the driver on long journeys.
Wait, what about the Volkswagen Arteon 2021 firing brake?
Unfortunately, we would love to have an Arteon wagon on our shores – such a thing exists! – the business case just isn’t there for VW. With its additional pillar and longer roofline, the fire brake provides more rear headroom and cargo space, although VW has yet to publish full volume specifications on the wagon model.
The refreshed Volkswagen Arteon 2021 is slated to go on sale in late October, but pricing has yet to be announced. To maintain the gap between the Volkswagen and Audi brands, however, VW says it expects a base price of about 10% lower than the similarly-sized Audi A5 Sportback. It should also firmly hold the Arteon in entry-level price territory, where it indirectly fights the Acura TLX, the Buick Regal Sportback, the Kia Stinger and the Lexus ES.
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