Volkswagen confirms Arteon shooting brake is on the way

Volkswagen has confirmed that an estate-bodied version of the new flagship Arteon is on the way, with design of the shooting brake variant of the firm"s range-topping saloon now signed off. 

Although a release date is still unconfirmed, the announcement comes alongside news that the Arteon will be launched in the United States and China later this year. 

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It"s possible that the new shooting brake could usher in a larger, more powerful engine option, and Auto Express learned last year that VW bosses are discussing the possibility of launching a new six-cylinder engine in the Arteon. 

Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz, head of product line for medium and full size cars, told Auto Express in 2017: “I would like to make an [Arteon] shooting brake – these plans are underway but it’s not yet final.”

Speaking about the flexibility of the MQB architecture on which the Arteon is based, Licharz added: “If we build a six-cylinder engine – we are discussing it for the Arteon, we have built one already in a prototype vehicle – it will be one which you can also use in the Atlas and vice versa.”

There are currently no models within the entire VW Group on sale in Europe based on the MQB chassis that are offered with a six-cylinder engine. If VW decides to go ahead with the development of the six-cylinder unit in the Arteon it would be the first.

VW is positioning itself as the more premium mainstream brand within the VW Group and closer to the likes of Audi in terms of prestige than Skoda or SEAT. The Arteon is VW’s first real push into a premium area of the market where there is potential for large volume. It is designed to take on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback. 

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