A 4.9 m lengthy, low-roof VW that may price Audi cash: is there actually a lot gross sales potential for such a automobile within the Europe of 2021? The Arteon Capturing Brake is even inbuilt two factories – one in Germany and the opposite in China – so Volkswagen is being particularly formidable with this mannequin. Nonetheless, if appears to be like alone offered vehicles, there can be a protracted ready checklist for this new property.
Despite the fact that it has been round for nearly 4 years, the CC’s successor is not precisely on each avenue. Final 12 months, which everyone knows is not the very best one to make use of if you wish to decide any automobile’s success, VW offered 13,363 examples in LHD and RHD European markets, a year-on-year fall of 32%. That is in all probability not too unhealthy a efficiency all issues thought of, and whenever you have a look at one other premium priced Volkswagen which did slightly bit higher – 14,103 Touaregs have been delivered (-45%) – there’s in all probability some good ranges of mixed profitability there.
What about China? The overall variety of regionally made VW model passenger automobiles offered there in 2020 was 2,607,965. Greater than 1,000,000 of these have been the Lavida, Bora and Sagitar, these three being within the nation’s prime ten most months. And the Arteon? Really it is known as CC there however regardless of the title, 28,428 is not a shabby end result by any means, and that was a 19% rise over 2019. And therein lies a clue to the attraction of this mannequin: China obtained the property earlier than Europe, the automobile touchdown there final July.
There numbers present why Volkswagen persists within the premium priced huge car segments, and likewise the logic behind its announcement that there might be a few equally sized EVs later within the 2020s to exchange the Arteon/CC and its Capturing Brake by-product. We do not but know the names of those vehicles however maybe with the US in thoughts, the hatchback physique is likely to be switched to a sedan. The manufacturing plant has been disclosed already although, one of many Group’s German factories having been famous in a media assertion final November:
“On the Volkswagen’s model plant in Emden, the transformation can also be progressing quickly: whereas the development work for the swap to electrical mobility is absolutely on observe, the second electrical mannequin for the location has now been outlined. Along with the ID.4, the four-door all-electric Volkswagen Aero is scheduled to be manufactured there from 2023”.
Logic means that the Aero (it could as a substitute be known as ID.6 Aero or possibly even Arteon) and a associated wagon (‘Aero B’) will succeed as we speak’s hatchback and property. The Aero B is not due till 2025 and it also needs to be identified that the Trinity undertaking is completely different to Aero and Aero B – that is prone to be larger and extra pricey, so we’re speaking a couple of automobile which might be aimed on the Nio ET7.
That is all fairly attention-grabbing in that there’ll due to this fact be a number of vehicles within the 4.8-5.2 m lengthy segments, these being the subsequent Passat (property solely in Europe); Aero sedan or fastback plus Aero B; and Trinity, which we presume might be a excessive tech electrical fastback-crossover.
These timings show that Volkswagen sees a six to eight 12 months manufacturing life for the Arteon and with the way in which each vehicles look, in the event that they find yourself sticking round till 2024 or 2025, powertrains apart, they certainly will not be very dated.
It is also completely attainable that the eHybrid variations which have been added in late 2020 may give each hatchback and SB a second gross sales wind in 2021 and past. These PHEVs might be pushed simply shy of an official 60 km in EV mode and at as much as 130 km/h on the vitality saved of their battery packs. The 1.4-litre petrol turbo engine and single motor have mixed energy of 160 kW (218 PS) and 400 Nm of torque. Each speed up from 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds and have prime speeds of 222 km/h.
I have not pushed an eHybrid but however I did just lately give the Capturing Brake a strive in a special type, and one which stunned me with its financial system. This was the 140 kW (190 PS) and 320 Nm (236 lb ft) 2.0-litre petrol turbo which comes with a seven-speed DSG.
You’ll be able to have 4MOTION on some diesel variants however for the two.0 TSI, drive is to the entrance axle solely. The twin-clutch transmission works properly to minimise any torque steer however a number of the vagueness which may bedevil sure Volkswagen Group automobiles fitted with this gearbox is current on this one too. It is extra irritating than maddening: you could get used to being light with the throttle pedal at parking speeds. Why? As a result of it wants simply the correct amount of strain to disengage the automated brake and glide easily into an area. Too mild a contact and nothing occurs, too heavy and you may trigger an unwelcome surge.
The WLTP-rated Mixed financial system is 35.6 mpg but I bought just below 40 mpg which is first fee for a automobile of this dimension weighing 1,617 kg. The Capturing Brake’s low aerodynamic drag is certainly one of a number of explanation why the two.0 TSI drinks lower than you’d count on (apparently, in contrast to the 1.5 TSI it would not have cylinder deactivation), and likewise a think about a CO2 common of 179 g/km and the highest pace being 145 mph. Zero to 62 mph takes 7.8 seconds.
I discussed the petrol PHEV, 1.5 TSI and a pair of.0 TDI (150 PS and 200 PS variations) alternate options, these being both added or up to date as a part of the facelifted line-up introduced in direction of the tip of final 12 months. Within the UK, there are 26 configurations (13 fastbacks and 13 estates) and three trim ranges: SE Nav, Magnificence and R-Line plus the 235 kW (320 PS) R vary topper that reached dealerships just lately.
Each our bodies supply again seat house that needs to be seen to be believed – particularly leg room – and do not assume that the low-ish roof line means tight headroom: it is fairly the alternative. I additionally assume that the dashboard, which fortunately hasn’t gone the way in which of the Golf, ID.3 and ID.4 with so many buttons and switches ditched in favour of fiddly digital ones, offers it extra attraction to many, me included.
As soon as the EU-UK-EFTA market begins to come back again from the current dip, I would say that the Arteon may try this uncommon factor; specifically change into extra in style throughout the second half of its life cycle. The PHEV plus the brand new property ought to see to that, whereas commonplace gear ranges and pricing look extra aggressive than within the pre-facelift years.
The brand new Volkswagen Arteon Capturing Brake line-up begins at GBP32,765 (150 PS 1.5 TSI). The as-tested 2.0 TSI R-Line prices from GBP38,420 earlier than choices.