PACE 2018: Volkswagen Arteon previewed

<em></em> PACE 2018: Volkswagen Arteon previewed

The Volkswagen Arteon has made its first appearance in Malaysia at the Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2018 in Setia Alam, where it is on preview ahead of its official launch for the Malaysian market.

This particular unit on display is from Singapore, and as such it’s not completely representative of the specification that is slated for Malaysia. Given its positioning in the model hierarchy, the Arteon will be priced above the Passat and most likely carry a higher level of specification as a result.

The Arteon launched for our southern neighbours at the start of this year was made available for that market in two variants, both powered by a 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged engined producing 280 PS and 350 Nm of torque. These outputs are sent the all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive.

These are corralled by Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), which offers multiple drive modes – Eco, Normal, Comfort, Sport and Individual – as well as an XDS electronic differential lock. Meanwhile, rolling stock on the display car here are 19-inch Montevideo wheels.

Items available from German marque’s Arteon kit list – but not confirmed for Malaysia – include LED lighting units front and rear, Silver Rise aluminium inlays, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, Nappa leather seats with “carbon-style” inner faces and R-Line embroidery, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof and 14-way power-adjustable seats.

On the infotainment front, there’s a 12.3-inch Active Info Display, heads-up display, 9.2-inch touchscreen, Discover Pro infotainment system and a 700-watt Dynaudio sound system with 12 speakers and 12-channel digital amplifier.

Following its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Arteon scored a five-star rating in Euro NCAP, with a five-star rating in the safety assist category, scoring 82% for its active safety systems. The scoring included consideration for seatbelt fastening reminders for all seats, cruise control, front assist with emergency braking function, and lane keeping assist.

Of course, these are among the features that could be included in the Malaysian-market Arteon, though we will need to wait a little longer before we know for sure. Just under two months remain for this year, so the Arteon’s Malaysian launch could take place some time in 2019.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Marveles. but gotta cheaper than Mazda6 and new Camry , to have a fair fighting chance…

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    • Shallow Pocketees on Nov 03, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Is better if is cheaper than Vios and City

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    • Anti UMW (Member) on Nov 04, 2018 at 12:28 am

      You think this one is the same level as our low spec Camry? Arteon is two class upper.

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    • RealisticBombastic on Nov 04, 2018 at 7:40 am

      This car is far more premium than those D segment Japanese models. The Japanese models compete with the Passat, not this car. This car should realistically be priced from RM220 to 250k and its competition will be from European marques.

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  • Dry or wet DSG?

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  • Amran on Nov 03, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    The real game changer! Habislah x70

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  • VW u kidding? on Nov 04, 2018 at 12:51 am

    If this is priced at anything above madza6, it will fail horribly, unless your definition of sucess is selling only 12 of these in a year, or you have corporate partnerships to take in as their fleet.

    But since passat is already at 200k mark, and this newer model is higher speced then passat…. it’s dangerously close to a BMW 3series….

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    • Laksamana Cheng Ho on Nov 04, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      (VW u kidding?) Please don’t write uneducated comments. It makes you look super stupid!

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    • stastasta on Nov 08, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      arteon has 280 bhp and 4wd. it will wipe the floor with 330e in terms of space and pace and price.

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  • V_gonalez on Nov 05, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I’ve looked at this model in detailed in a showroom in Middle east and I would say that the price will most certainly be around 220k or more when reach Malaysia, given the spec and engine power output. The model is a very broad car and I really like the design. Leg room in the rear is very generous and it has a power operated hatchback. The handling feels more of a cruising vehicle, and a good alternative for those who are looking fro a cheaper A5 or something similar.

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  • no matter how die hard fans protect VW, majority dare not buy it. Everyone know it is a good car but sales after service is the “best”!

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