Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion facelift open for booking – 280 PS, 350 Nm, RM245k-255k est

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion facelift open for booking – 280 PS, 350 Nm, RM245k-255k est

A few days after releasing a teaser of the facelifted Volkswagen Arteon, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has announced that bookings have been opened for the refreshed five-door coupé. As previously reported, the car will be available in a new R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion variant, offering more power and all-paw traction over the previous front-wheel-drive model.

Mind you, it won’t come cheap, with pricing estimated to hover between RM245,000 and RM255,000; for comparison’s sake, the outgoing model retailed at RM221,065 on-the-road without insurance. Given that the 4Motion model is locally assembled in Pekan, its price will include a full exemption of the sales and service tax (SST) until the end of the year.

Ahead of its official launch, VPCM also confirmed the specs of the car, which will be powered by an uprated EA888 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Outputs are rated at 280 PS from 5,100 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,600 rpm, which is 50 Nm down on European models.

Still, it’s a damn sight higher than the previous car’s 190 PS and 320 Nm, and when combined with the seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive, its plenty enough for the car to get from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds.

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion facelift open for booking – 280 PS, 350 Nm, RM245k-255k est

Standard equipment remains largely identical and includes full LED headlights, LED taillights with sequential indicators and the same 19-inch Montevideo two-tone alloy wheels as before. Inside, the Arteon continues to be trimmed in Nappa carbon-print leather upholstery and comes with a rebranded 12-speaker, 700-watt Harman Kardon sound system.

Also fitted are keyless entry, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, triple-zone auto climate control, auto lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment touchscreen with gesture control, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers, a 360-degree camera and a hands-free powered tailgate.

Safety-wise, the Arteon gains lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, joining the usual six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, post-collision braking and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. However, even with the new front-facing camera for lane keeping, the car still won’t be offered with autonomous emergency braking, which is a shame especially in 2021.

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion facelift open for booking – 280 PS, 350 Nm, RM245k-255k est

Visually, the Arteon has been updated with a redesigned grille that incorporates an LED light bar linking the daytime running lights, along with new taillights graphics with “dashes” and an inverted L-shaped design. The R-Line model gets a more aggressive front bumper design with body-coloured air intake blades and a black rear diffuser with fake quad tailpipes.

A comprehensive remodelling of the interior sees the addition of new angular air vents and a silver strip that runs around the front half of the cabin, plus the ditching of the analogue centre clock. There are also new touch-sensitive switches for the climate controls and the redesigned steering wheel, as well as an expanded 30-colour palette for the ambient lighting system. The ErgoComfort seats, meanwhile, feature a more aggressive design with integrated headrests and an embroidered R logo.

The Arteon also sports the new Volkswagen and R badges, making it the first model in Malaysia to do so. Colours include the new Lapiz Blue and the existing Oryx White, Deep Black, Pyrite Silver and Manganese Grey; the previous hero colour Turmeric Yellow has been removed.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Arteon R-Line facelift official press images

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After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • seancorr (Member) on Jun 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Why. The hardware is built into the car but they refused to enable AEB. Other than that it’s a well kitted car I must say. Certainly worth to consider over a C200 or 320i. This Arteon is on the same level as a C300 and 330i, only that is more superior with 4motion.

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    • Yeah. on Jun 17, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      And that superior dsg, what a nice thing you can visit the cafe area of the service center and have a free meal often because of it.

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Jun 17, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      If VGM was more humble way back in 2011-2012. Own up by resolving the problems immediately. Today, Malaysian roads would be dominated by VW vehicles.

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    • Why so care about AEB? Most drivers turn it off

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      • autodriver (Member) on Jun 20, 2021 at 12:38 pm

        No, I won’t turn off AEB on my Passat (installed externally) but I do turn off the ACC even it comes with low speed follow. AEB is important and car manufacturer should put it in as mandatory.

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  • Ultimate Rugal on Jun 17, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    This, or the 3 series? This car is larger. Reliability wise, not really sure.

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    • autodriver (Member) on Jun 20, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      I am Passat HL owner, no worry for dual clutch as long as using wet clutch. If people can accept Hxnda quality then no issue with VW coz VW isn’t lousier than Hxnda.

      If you need car to show status then go for 3 series. If you want a fun car meanwhile comfortable and practical the go for Arteon. Arteon not only faster, but also greater in space and comfortable.

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  • (Like) VW Arteon.
    (Dislike) BMW 330i

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  • Heartdoc on Jun 17, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Looks good.. and good pricing for the specs..except the safety features could be tad better

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  • Aiseyman why dun have AEB? This one will put buyer off

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    • autodriver (Member) on Jun 20, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Outside workshop can install original part at RM 3000, AEB comes with ACC. I think VW Malaysia management brain is stuck didn’t offer straight in their new car. Who the heck afford 250k car didn’t afford for 3k AEB module.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Jun 17, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    no safety feature

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  • Joe hamizi on Jun 17, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    280ps and 4motion? Good job VGM

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  • Blue one looks awesome!

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  • autodriver (Member) on Jun 20, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    The price on 255k is really attractive except for missing of AEB and ACC. 280ps 350nm with 4motion AWD control the car is superb performance in this price range. Those who consider of 320i or 330i will likely think of this new Arteon. Some may argue people afford to buy BMW will not look at VW. It may be true. G20 is selling much slower than F30.

    Arteon is full size D segment car which cabin space is larger than its sibling Passat and Camry, comparable to Accord. Power output is greatest on its price range and 0-100 is faster than 330i. The arteon comes with adaptive suspension which missing in 330i. With 4motion AWD the new Arteon is going to give great traction especially in wet.

    Complain about no AEB and ACC (1 module for 2 functions), we can go install the AEB module at outside workshop with genuine part with less than RM 3000. Why VW don’t offer? No idea maybe their management is dumb in safety awareness.

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