Set to be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has shown the first teaser sketch of its new premium saloon - the Arteon.
The totally new model sits above the Passat in the 'upper mid-class' and introduces a ‘highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look’. The bars of the radiator grille extend into the three-dimensional headlights, while LED lighting elements additionally emphasise the ‘striking layout and demonstrate dominance’.
The four-door saloon is described as having great practicality - while the doors' frameless windows reflect the stylistic elements of a grand tourer - the top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate provides optimum access to the huge boot.
Tobias Sühlmann, Exterior Designer, explains: “At first sight, the Arteon arouses enthusiasm through its expressive design. It then surprises through its practical virtues. This combination is unique."
The name Arteon – with the emphasis put on the first syllable – is made up of two component parts: 'Art' describes the saloon's harmonious lines and emotionality. The ending 'eon' identifies it, in the same way as Volkswagen's top model for the Chinese market, the PHIDEON, as a premium model.
The new Arteon will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and go on sale in summer 2017.