The Volkswagen Arteon has only recently been unveiled, but that hasn’t put a damper on considerations for future variants. “I would like to make an Arteon shooting brake — these plans are underway but it’s not yet final,” head of Volkswagen’s medium and large vehicle programs Dr Elmar-Marius Licharz told Auto Express.

“If we build a six-cylinder engine – we are discussing it for the Arteon, we have built one already in a prototype vehicle – it will be one which you can also use in the Atlas and vice versa,” Licharz added, in reference to the MQB platform’s flexibility, also suggesting that it will be a new unit rather than the long-running narrow-angle 3.6 litre VR6 unit which powers the Atlas, also an MQB-based model.

The new V6, if confirmed, will top the Arteon range which currently employs a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines; these currently come in 148 hp 1.5 litre TSI, a 2.0 litre TSI in 187 hp and 276 hp states of tune for petrol, and 148 hp, 187 hp and 236 hp forms in 2.0 TDI diesel guise.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Arteon