Displayed alongside the Volkswagen Golf GTI MK7.5 at the 2018 Singapore Motor Show is the all-new Volkswagen Arteon. The Passat CC’s spiritual successor is dressed in the most aggressive R-Line trim, painted in its hero colour, Turmeric Yellow.

Sitting on the group’s modular MQB platform, the Arteon measures at 4,862 mm in length, 1,871 mm in width, 1,450 mm in height and 2,837 mm in wheelbase; larger in all dimensions compared to its lesser twin, the Passat B8. The Arteon also benefits from a stiffer body rigidity (up 10 percent) and a lower drag coefficient of 0.265.

The R-Line trim differentiates itself from the more aggressive front bumper with R badge embossed in the grille and a subtle spoiler around the back. Curiously the unit shown here does not ride on the black 20-inch alloys available in other markets. The tailgate opens to a sizeable 563 litres boot space.

Inside, the Arteon spots a familiar cabin layout and equipment like the Passat B8 – 12.3-inch Active Info Display, centre analogue clock, multifunctional steering wheel, tri-zone Air Care Climatronic air conditioning and the whole lot. This particular unit comes with the optional 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system with gesture control, powered sunroof and 700-watt 12 speaker Dynaudio ‘Confidence’ sound pack.

Powerplant option include up to six turbocharged engines available right off the bat, comprised of three petrol (TSI) and three diesel (TDI) engines. All engine choices can be paired to a seven-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. Higher outputs of the TSI and TDI engines gets 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.

On the safety front, the new Arteon comes equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with predictive cruise control, City Emergency Braking, Front Assist, Speed Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist and Driver Alert fatigue warning system. The Arteon is also awarded with full 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The previous-generation Passat CC turned out to be quite popular among Malaysians who preferred the more youthful and sleek appearance. Would the Volkswagen Arteon fill up the void left by the Passat CC? Only time will tell.


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