Volkswagen’s long-awaited successor to the CC is finally here, with the Arteon making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The coupe-like sedan, which was previewed by the Sport Coupe Concept GTE two years ago, will be positioned between the current Passat and the China-only Phideon.

The Arteon will be “launched in practically every country in the world that is relevant to this vehicle class,” according to Volkswagen. The carmaker adds that three trim levels will be offered beginning with an entry-level one, followed by the Elegance and R-Line.

The engine line-up will include both TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, with three offerings of each. For those who want an oil burner, there’s only a 2.0 litre TDI unit that comes in three states of tune – 150 PS, 190 PS and 240 PS.

On the petrol side, a 1.5 litre TSI Evo, which is also used in the new Golf, kicks off the range with 150 PS. Joining it is a 2.0 litre TSI that offers two output levels – 190 PS and 280 PS. Both TDI and TSI engines that provide 150 PS will get a six-speed manual as standard, with the option of a seven-speed DSG.

The self-shifting dual-clutch transmission is standard pairing with all other engines, as is Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system on the most powerful offerings (optional only for the 190 PS 2.0 TDI).

On to the main agenda – the Arteon’s exterior styling. Without a doubt, the car appears to be almost a carbon copy of the 2015 concept that previewed it, with only a few minor changes. At the front, the five-door gran turismo (as VW calls it) sports a long bonnet that extends over the entire front end up to the wheel arches.

As you can see, the bonnet lip runs over the standard LED headlights (with LED DRLs), which “merges” with the front grille. The R-Line trim level introduces a sportier-looking front apron, with “C-signature” front air intakes in high gloss black.

Along the sides, the Arteon’s fastback profile features a slow-rising shoulder section that is highlighted by a character line, which starts from the headlights, progressing over the front wheel arches, parallel to the beltline and to the rear taillights. Standard 17-inch wheels are fitted on the base Arteon, while the Elegance and R-Line get 18-inch Muscat and 18-inch Sebring alloys, respectively.

At the rear, two-piece LED taillights (Elegance and R-Line get a dynamic indicator function) are positioned parallel to the VW badge, with the Arteon nameplate placed just below it. Dual exhaust outlets and a slim rear reflector/fog lamp setup complete the exterior design. Among the available body colours for the Arteon include Curcuma Yellow, Atlantic Blue, and Chili Red.

Beneath the rather attractive bodywork, the Arteon sits on the VW Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and gets some updated dimensions when compared to the outgoing CC. The new car measures 4,862 mm long (+60 mm), 1,871 mm wide (+16 mm), 1,427 mm tall (+6 mm), and the wheelbase is now 2,841 mm (+131 mm).

Moving inside, the all-new dashboard layout attempts to reflect the continuity seen on the outside, with an “air vent band” the spans the length of the dash. The long, continuous line that meets up with the air-con vents, is only interrupted by two things – the analogue clock and the instrument cluster.

The latter features Volkswagen’s optional Active Info Display (also seen on the latest Passat), which can be complemented with a heads-up display. The Arteon in R-Line guise will get a specific steering wheels as well, along with aluminium pedals (also found in the Elegance).

Infotainment is handled by a 6.5-inch Composition Media system with eight loudspeakers, which can be swapped for an optional 9.2-inch Discover Pro system that features a touchscreen and gesture control. To inject some premium credentials, the Arteon also comes with ambient lighting as well as a variety of upholstery and trim finishes including leather, Nappa leather, Alcantara, aluminium in a variety of colours.

Volkswagen also points out the Arteon isn’t just form and no function. The longer wheelbase compared to the CC allows it to attain a 1,016 mm of legroom, the best in the competitive set, and the brand promises excellent rear headroom thanks to the long roof. Luggage space is rated at 563 litres, and with the rear seats folded, there’s up to 1,557 litres available.

Safety-wise, the Arteon will come with range of safety and driver assist systems, including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), second-generation Emergency Assist, Lane Assist, predictive cornering lights with predictive control, PreCrash, Side Assist, and Sign Assist.

The Arteon will be produced at the German carmaker’s plant in Emden, and is set to go in sale in Germany by mid-June 2017. However, the brand has already started taking advance orders in a few select European countries following its Geneva debut.