Volkswagen launches new Arteon sedan

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The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon made its North American debut today at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. VW describes the design as "more cab-backward" in profile with a steeply raked roofline that incorporates a rear hatch.

The Arteon, expected in US showrooms in the third quarter of 2018, has a strong, wide stance.

The vehicle is noticeably longer than its predecessor, the CC, with an extra 5 inches of length in the wheelbase. Arteon rides on standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with available 19-inch wheels. Dual trapezoidal exhaust tips, chrome window surrounds and a rear decklid spoiler all add to the premium feel.

"The Arteon is Volkswagen's brand shaper", VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken said in a statement. "This vehicle is the spiritual successor to the CC, but it is bolder and faster".

It's a tricky time for sedans, and the Arteon is making its own niche as a premium offering that is larger and nicer than the Passat midsize sedan, but not quite as nice as the Audi A5. A Start-Stop system is standard to boost fuel economy, though estimates were not released. The 2019 Arteon sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces as standard, and offers available ventilated front seats, massaging driver's seat, driver memory, Nappa leather seating surfaces, and heated rear seats.

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Standard features on all Arteons will include heated front seats, LED headlamps, forward collision assist, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto support.

Advanced safety and driver assist technologies such as automatic cruise control, automatic high-beam adjustment, and lane-keeping assist are also available features of the 2019 Arteon.

Pricing for the 2019 Arteon was not released.

It will be available in three trims-SE, SEL, and Premium-but only one engine. For now, the VW brand remains a small player with market share of 2% in 2017, according to Autodata Corp.