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Volkswagen of America unveiled the US version of the 2019 Arteon (earlier post)—the successor to the CC—at the Chicago Auto Show. Based off Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the newest Volkswagen flagship offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, innovative technology, and available 4Motion all-wheel drive.

The new Arteon for the US will be powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine, making 268 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 N·m) of torque. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission; 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. (Outside of the US, the base gasoline engine—the 1.5 TSI Evo—offers features such as Active Cylinder Management (ACT) to increase its efficiency.)

Arteon features a standard DCC adaptive damping system, which manages the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle dynamics, and a standard Start-Stop system designed to help improve fuel efficiency.

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Arteon’s wheelbase is more than 5 inches longer than the CC—111.9 inches compared to 106.7 inches—and is paired with shorter overhangs for more dynamic proportions. Arteon is longer and wider as well, translating into more interior space, offering the space of a mid-sized sedan with the sleek design of a premium coupe.

The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing.

The Arteon’s technology offerings extend beyond the cabin to include a comprehensive suite of available driver assistance technology. A rearview camera is standard, along with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist); High Beam Control (Light Assist); Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) including Park Distance Control; and Overhead View Camera (Area View).

In addition, the 2019 Arteon offers a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. These systems include the class-exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and a reactive hood.

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