In a nutshell:
- VW reveals new ‘Shooting Brake’ estate variant of the Arteon in detail.
- New power trains, trims, equipment and options for Arteon also unveiled.
- Selected trims available now; wider range follows in coming weeks.
- Prices for the Arteon Shooting Brake start at £37,640.
- Order books are now open.
It’s abundantly clear who VW are aiming for with this new variant, with the firm describing it in terms of ‘business-class elegance’.
And if the sleek fastback incarnation of the Arteon didn’t quite cut the mustard in terms of space - either for family use or in terms of being able to sling your golf bags inside the boot with ease - then the Shooting Brake could well be an option.
Prices for the Arteon start at £37,640, compared to £35,435 for the base Arteon Fastback.
The stylish Arteon has been around since 2017, a replacement for the four-door Passat coupe, and has sold steadily.
And now, thanks to a new line-up of variations, it’s available in nine different configurations: five Arteon and four Arteon Shooting Brake models, with two engines available across both body styles.
And there are now subtle tweaks to the spec levels of the Arteon, too.
In previous years, standard trim was called ‘SE’. That entry level has now been boosted to ‘SE Nav’.
Here you get Volkswagen’s new ‘Digital Cockpit’, while the Shooting Brake will be equipped with keyless entry. SE Nav cars all gain ‘3Zone’ climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and an 8-inch Discover Navigation system with the MIB3 infotainment platform.
You also get LED headlights and tail lights, an 8-speaker sound system and a ‘sumptuously-appointed interior’ as standard, according to VW.
As you move up the range you hit ‘Elegance’, where alloy wheels grow to 18-inches, there’s keyless entry across both the Fastback and Shooting Brake, as well as a rear-view camera and ‘Travel Assist’ – Volkswagen’s adaptive cruise control and lane keeping system.
Inside the cabin, owners will enjoy heated seats, voice control, and a swanky leather steering wheel, and they can also switch between different driving profiles.
And sitting at the top of the range is the ‘R-Line’, which features 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloys as standard, trapezoidal exhaust tips and a much more sporting appearance.
A sunroof is standard on all R-Line cars, while the Shooting Brake gains a standard-fit panoramic sunroof. Both cars also receive rear tinted glass and interior ambient lighting with 30 colour options.
If that’s already enough to whet the appetite, there’s more to come.
VW has promised a host of new powertrains - including an entry-level 1.5-litre 150 PS TSI engine with 6-speed manual transmission, as well as a plug-in hybrid Arteon eHybrid, with details to follow in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile petrolheads will be eagerly anticipating the ‘Arteon R’ - which will feature a 320 PS engine as well as 4MOTION all-wheel-drive.
Lisa Hartley, Arteon Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The Arteon is now improved with additional equipment and a subtly enhanced design, while the same practicality and overall package that won it awards in its outgoing form remain.
“With the relatively small premium for the attractive Shooting Brake over the fastback, we expect to see it make up the majority of sales in the UK.”