There are a lot of Volkswagen models that we wish were sold in the Philippines. One of which is the brand’s flagship Arteon sedan. It was first introduced back into the market back in 2017.
Recently, the German marque has even updated the fastback sedan to match its looks with the rest of the model lineup. Interestingly, they also introduced a new variant in the form of the Arteon Shooting Brake.
On the outside, the changes made to the updated Arteon are quite subtle. The most obvious changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers. The R-line model, in particular, gets larger intake vents that give it a sportier look. Though it is hard to see in the photos, there’s a new LED strip the connects the running lights on either side. At the rear, it gets the new Volkswagen together with a new Arteon badge. New wheels and color complete the exterior makeover.
Rather than focusing on the exterior, Volkswagen put more attention inside the cabin. New luxurious materials were used to line the interior of the Arteon including embossed leather on the dashboard and door panels. Gone is the old air-conditioning unit with rotary dials and in its place is a new touch-sensitive unit.
The steering wheel is also all-new together with the fully-digital MIB3 infotainment system. Situated in front of the driver is a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit which comes standard across the range. New safety features include automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and traffic-sign recognition are just a few that come standard.
Probably the most interesting bit about the updated Arteon is the new Shooting Brake variant. Styling-wise, it looks exactly like the sedan from the front. From the side, however, you can easily the extended roofline as well as the addition of larger side windows and the integrated roof spoiler. At the rear, you get a hatch instead of a trunk. Interestingly, the taillights and bumpers look unchanged from the sedan.
The same set of engines from the pre-facelift model has been carried over. New on the 2021 model is a plug-in hybrid variant that produces 218 horsepower and 400 Nm torque. However, the most powerful variant will be the Arteon R with 320 horsepower on tap. An 8-speed automatic then sends power to either the front or all four wheels.
It is highly unlikely that the Arteon or the Arteon Shooting Brake will be offered in the Philippines anytime soon or even in the future. Still, it would be nice to see the flagship Volkswagen sedan cruising around the country.