The large four-door car will replace the CC, production of which has just ended.
So far Volkswagen has only issued a sketch of the new car, which is said to debut a new ‘progressive’ design language for the brand.
According to a release from Volkswagen the Arteon is a totally new model that will sit above the Passat and “emphasises emotion in the upper mid-class.”
The front end of the car is described as a ‘highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look,’ suggesting that it will appear on other future VW models. Notable details include the bars of the radiator grille – these extend into the three-dimensional headlights, which feature LED lighting elements.
The Arteon will also feature frameless windows on the doors and a top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate.
According to the car’s exterior designer, Tobias Sühlmann, the Arteon will offer a unique combination. “At first sight, the Arteon arouses enthusiasm through its expressive design – it then surprises through its practical virtues,” he says.
As for the name, this is also composed of two parts – according to Volkswagen the ‘Art’ describes the saloon’s harmonious lines and emotionality, and the ending ‘eon’ identifies it. Volkswagen’s premium model in the Chinese market is known as the Phideon.
Further details of the Arteon will no doubt emerge closer to its Geneva reveal. It is due on sale in European markets from the summer of 2017.