Volkswagen has a rival to proposals such as the Audi A5 Sportback, the BMW 5 Series or the Mercedes E-Class. All of them, with the exception of the Audi and the Kia, offer a more familiar variant, a gap that the Wolfsburg manufacturer has now tried to bridge with the introduction of a new body in the Arteon range: the long-talked-about Shooting Brake.
The van is undoubtedly the biggest novelty of this renovation in the middle of the life cycle of Arteon (launched in 2017), but the updates go beyond that, touching the aesthetics, with small touches; technology, with updates of different driving assistance systems and connectivity; and also the range of engines.
Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake eHybrid
Visually, the refresh of the image is evident on the grid, which can be illuminated, bumpers, headlights and LED lights with a new signature. Inside, the cockpit has been redesigned, the steering wheel has a capacitive surface and there are new coating options, just as a Harman Kardon sound system becomes available. As or more interesting will be the changes that are not seen, from the connection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now wireless, the same with the Connect app and the charging of smartphones. There are also a number of infotainment system functions that can be performed by voice command.
Sedan and Shooting Brake have the same length (4.87 meters), differing only in height, 19 mm higher in the most versatile bodywork. In terms of the bulk of the luggage compartment, the van adds only 2 liters to the capacity of the Arteon bag, which is 563 liters – 23 less than a Passat. With the folding of the seats, shooting brake’s advantage is more evident, contrasting 1632 liters to the fastback’s 1557.
As for the range of engines, the most affordable version mounts the 1.5 TSI gasoline, with 150 hp, being also available the 2.0 TSI with 280 hp and, finally, the Arteon R, equipped with 0 even 2.0 liters gasoline, but 320 hp of power and 420 Nm of maximum torque, which will arrive in our country later. This sportier version, with 4Motion all-wheel drive, is distinguished by 20-inch rims and blue brake calipers, as well as trapezoid-shaped exhaust outlets.
Available will also be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), called eHybrid, term with which the manufacturer will begin to replace, in all models of the brand, the hither to popular GTE. The power is 218 hp, extracted from the combination of a 1.4 turbo petrol engine with 156 hp and an electric with 115 hp, powered by a lithium-ion battery of 13 kWh (9.6 kWh useful). It is exactly the same powertrain as the Passat GTE and, although the brand has not announced the electric autonomy, it is expected to meet 55 km. For those who prefer diesel engines, VW designed the Arteon 2.0 TDI, with versions of 150 and 200 hp, there is still no date scheduled for the debut of arteon equipped with VR6 engine, with six cylinder and higher power.
In the input versions (190 hp petrol and 150 diesel) and eHybrid the traction is always forward, being integral in the rest. In terms of transmissions, the seven-speed automatic gearbox is “standard”, except for the less powerful petrol and plug-in hybrid, coupled to a six-speed gearbox, respectively manual and automatic.
Both versions of the renovated Arteon will arrive in our country in November, with the 1.5 TSI engines of 150 hp and 2.0 TDI with 150 and 200 hp. , for the advantages it ensures. Prices should only be known after summer.