Volkswagen’s new premium Arteon has been spotted in testing ahead of its debut

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Volkswagen’s stunning new premium saloon has been spotted in testing before it is shown off at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The CC replacement despite its heavily cladded disguise, shows us a glimpse of its sleek profile, with a fluid and flowing roofline and a large rear overhang that adds to the luxury, sporting look of the coupe.

Volkswagen’s latest addition to the family will fit above the Passat in their versatile range and is set to replace the outgoing CC, although the German brand are keen to emphasise that the Arteon won’t be a like-for-like replacement for the CC, and instead will provide a more luxurious coupe.

Official announcements of pricing seem to be a way off but word from Wolfsburg seem to suggest that the Arteon could start from around £30,000 which highlights the premium level of the new model compared to the CC which started from £25,475.

VW have indicated that the Arteon could be the breakthrough model in a new design era for the brand which a more ‘horizontally accentuated’ appearance.  The Arteon boasts a broad grille with horizontal slats that go right through to the headlamps.  The sparkly chrome will blend perfectly with the Arteon’s LED running lights to offer a luxury look.  The Arteon will get frameless windows to add to the sleek look whilst German giants haven’t cut any corners when it comes to practicality either, as the gigantic boot will offer more than 1,700 litres of space when the rear seats have been folded.

As with all Volkswagen’s recent revisions and additions, technology will be a driving feature behind the Arteon.  As we move towards autonomous driving, the coupe will be fitted with driver aids and semi-autonomous features.  Although there has been nothing in the way of confirmation, we can expect to see automated emergency braking and lane keep assist amongst an abundance of safety kit.

It will be intriguing to see whether the Arteon will offer four or five seats, as we aim to gather more facts on the CC’s predecessor.  One thing that has been confirmed is that the new Arteon will sit on a stretched version of Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform, which will ensure there is plenty of leg, knee and head space for rear passengers.

Beneath the bonnet will be four cylinder petrol and diesel engines which have featured in the current VW range, however, a new 374bhp 3.0 litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid is expected to be introduced to offer a potential Arteon GTE version.  We look forward to the Geneva Motor Show in March to hear more about Volkswagen’s latest stunning design innovation.

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