The VW Arteon debuted for the 2019 model year, giving the brand a new flagship model to replace the CC that it discontinued in 2017. Being a relatively young model, the 2022 VW Arteon will be mostly a carryover, save for a big change under the hood and some feature shuffling.
On the outside, the 2022 VW Arteon will continue with the same, swoopy four-door coupe look with sharp creases it’s had since its debut. While a beauty, the Arteon is also subdued enough to attract a wide range of shoppers, hopefully striking a balance the CC failed to.
The most significant change to the exterior in the 2022 Arteon is that the base trim is now the SE R-Line – in 2021, it was just the SE trim. This means the Arteon comes standard with the R-Line dress-up bits, including new 18-inch wheels. Also new are the standard 20-inch dark graphite wheels on the SEL R-Line trim.
Inside, the current Arteon continues to stun, but with a little more style than most VWs. The Arteon comes standard with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a thin dash, alloy pedals, and a metallic insert that spans the dash and top of the door panels. This adds up to a far more premium look than we’re used to in a Volkswagen – just as a flagship sedan should.
Under its hood, the Arteon’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder gets a 32-horsepower and 37-pound-feet of torque increase to 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Arteon will also drop its old eight-speed automatic transmission in favor of a new, sportier seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive will remain standard, but all-wheel drive will be available. In SEL R-Line models and higher, all-wheel drive will be standard.
The current Arteon is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, thanks to its “Good” crash test scores across the board and “Good” optional LED projector headlights. We expect this rating to remain the same in the 2022 Arteon.
The Arteon’s standard safety gear in 2021 includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitors. The 2021 Arteon R-Line models gain standard adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, active lane control, automatic high beams, and short-term hands-free driving. While there is no official word on this, we expect all this gear to be standard since the SE R-Line will be the 2022 Arteon’s base trim.
Pricing & Release Date
There’s no word on when the 2022 Arteon will hit showrooms, but we expect it soon.
Pricing is still incomplete, but the base SE R-Line trim will start from $41,190, and the SEL R-Line, which comes standard with all-wheel drive, will start from $45,810 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2021 Arteon