Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion CKD

  • Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion gets IQ.Drive – RM299,990 with AEB, adaptive cruise control

    Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion gets IQ.Drive – RM299,990 with AEB, adaptive cruise control

    The Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion has been updated in Malaysia with the IQ.Drive package, which gives the Arteon additional safety kit. It has a revised price tag as well, now costing you RM299,990, which is RM23k up from the previous RM276,990 price tag.

    The IQ.Drive package contributes to giving the Arteon R-Line 4Motion the following safety features:

    • Front Assist – a version of Autonomous Engine Braking (AEB), it will monitor the road ahead and provide audio and visual alerts to warn you if there’s a risk of a potential collision. If necessary, it will apply brakes on its own to help mitigate a collision.
    • Adaptive Cruise Control – when cruise control is active, it uses a radar to adjust your speed according to the car in front, slowing down and speeding up if necessary.
    • Side Assist – it will alert you if another vehicle is in your blind spot and will assist you with counter-steering to avoid a collision if necessary.
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert – while you are reversing your Arteon, this will warn the driver of incoming objects at an angle of 180 degrees and up to 50 meters away at speeds of up to 12 km/h.

    Other than the IQ.Drive package, Volkswagen has also added a Qi wireless phone charger.

    The Volkswagen Arteon is powered by a 280 PS, 350 Nm EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, mated to a seven-speed wet clutch DSG transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels via the 4Motion system.

    The RM299,990 price tag includes three years free maintenance in addition to the five-year unlimited mileage manufacturer warranty and roadside assistance.

    For other details, you can read our launch story, watch our Arteon review, or compare the specs of the Arteon against its rivals using our car comparison tool.

     
     
  • Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion facelift Malaysian review – priced at RM258k, better than BMW or Merc?

    It’s well-known that Malaysians buy cars based on price, not segments, and any vehicle that strays too far from the buying public’s perceived pricing barrier tends to have a hard time. That hasn’t stopped Volkswagen from trying with the Arteon, which has aspirations greater than its Passat underpinnings suggest.

    The svelte five-door fastback is priced quite a bit higher than its sibling, putting it well inside premium brand territory. And for 2022, the Arteon is more expensive than ever – at RM258,019, it costs more than even the very capable BMW 330e. That takes some serious cojones.

    But the Arteon theoretically has some advantages to make up for it. Apart from its dramatic coupé-like styling and frameless windows, the VW is also packed with kit, driver assistance systems notwithstanding. And in its latest facelifted guise, it packs some serious firepower – 280 PS and 350 Nm of torque, to be exact, fired by a 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder to all four wheels via a seven-speed wet DSG dual-clutch transmission.

    You don’t drive cars on paper, however, so does the Arteon really have the substance to hold its own against a sea of attractive premium metal from Munich, Stuttgart and further afield? And does the lack of even the most basic autonomous emergency braking system dock off any points (spoiler alert: it does)? Watch Matthew Tong take a swing at Wolfsburg’s new pretender in our video review above.

     
     
  • Volkswagen Arteon facelift hit with RM9k price hike in Malaysia – 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line now RM258,019

    Volkswagen Arteon facelift hit with RM9k price hike in Malaysia – 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line now RM258,019

    It appears that Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has quietly updated pricing for the facelifted Arteon this month. Unfortunately, it’s an upwards revision for the five-door coupé – and a significant one.

    The sole 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line is, in fact, over RM9,000 more expensive than when it was launched last year, pushing the price to RM258,019 on-the-road without insurance. This figure, as you’d expect, includes the full sales and service tax (SST) exemption for CKD locally-assembled vehicles until June 30, as well as a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and a three-year/45,000 km free service package.

    All this extra money doesn’t buy you any extra equipment, nor any more power from the EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The latter continues to push out 280 PS from 5,100 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,600 rpm. As before, power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission, enabling the Arteon to get from zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

    The standard kit list also remains the same and includes the R-Line bodykit, full-LED head- and taillights (the latter with sequential indicators), 19-inch Montevideo two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start and power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory. The latter are upholstered in Nappa leather with a carbon fibre pattern.

    Also fitted 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, a 12-speaker, 700-watt Harman Kardon sound system, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers, a 360-degree camera and a hands-free powered tailgate.

    On the safety front, the Arteon continues to lack basic features like autonomous emergency braking, let alone semi-autonomous driving functions like adaptive cruise control or lane centring assist. It does, however, have blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist, along with the usual seven airbags and stability control.

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    To recap, the facelifted Arteon gains a revised front grille with an integrated light bar linking the headlights, reshaped air intakes and new inverted-L-shaped taillight graphics. Inside, there are new air vents and a silver strip that runs around the front half of the cabin.

    There are also new touch-sensitive switches for the climate controls (which, along with the new VW badges, have since made their way to the closely-related Passat) 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.

     
     
  • GALLERY: 2021 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion in Malaysia – 280 PS, 350 Nm; from RM249k

    GALLERY: 2021 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion in Malaysia – 280 PS, 350 Nm; from RM249k

    Launched here in July this year, the Volkswagen Arteon facelift is currently offered in a sole R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion variant that is priced at RM248,693 on-the-road without insurance (over RM27,000 more than before). Today, we bring you a full gallery of the stylish sedan for your viewing pleasure.

    Keep in mind that the asking price accounts for the ongoing sales tax exemption, which is 100% in this case as the Arteon is locally assembled (CKD) in Pekan, Pahang. Also included in the price is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years of free servicing.

    In terms of visual updates, the latest Arteon gets a redesigned grille that incorporates an LED light bar linking the daytime running lights, joined by new taillight graphics with an inverted L-shaped design. The standard R-Line appearance package also comes with more aggressive bumpers, with the one at the front sporting body-coloured air intake blades. Meanwhile, the rear gets a black diffuser accompanied by faux quad tailpipes.

    A few notable changes on the inside too, as the analogue clock on the dashboard is now gone to accommodate new angular air vents and a silver strip that runs across the front half of the cabin. Elsewhere, the climate system now comes with touch-sensitive controls, there’s a new steering wheel design, the ambient lighting system now boasts 30 colours, and the ErgoComfort seats have a sportier look with integrated headrests brandishing an embroidered R logo.

    All the logos and badges are also of the Volkswagen’s latest corporate look, making the Arteon the first model in Malaysia to get them. In terms of colour options, you have access to Lapiz Blue and the existing Oryx White, Deep Black, Pyrite Silver and Manganese Grey, but the previous Turmeric Yellow hero colour offered for the pre-facelift has been dropped.

    Under the bonnet, you’ll find an EA888 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that serves up 280 PS from 5,100 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,600 rpm, the latter being 50 Nm less compared to European-market models.

    However, both figures represent a gain over the pre-facelift car’s 190 PS and 320 Nm, and there’s even Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system to go with the standard seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission. The result is a 0-100 km/h time of 5.6 seconds, which is around two seconds faster than before.

    2021 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion spec sheet; click to enlarge

    For the sum, the kit list includes full LED headlights, LED taillights with sequential indicators and 19-inch Montevideo two-tone alloy wheels, all the same as the pre-facelift model. Inside, find Nappa carbon-print leather upholstery along with a 12-speaker, 700-watt Harman Kardon sound system in place of the previous Dynaudio setup.

    The sum paid also nets you keyless entry and engine start, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory function, triple-zone auto climate control, automatic headlamps and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment touchscreen with gesture control plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers, a 360-degree camera and a hands-free powered tailgate.

    In the safety department, 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, the car still isn’t offered with autonomous emergency braking, despite the presence of the front-facing camera.

     
     
  • Volkswagen Arteon facelift launched in Malaysia – R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion, 280 PS, 350 Nm; CKD, RM248,693

    Volkswagen Arteon facelift launched in Malaysia – R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion, 280 PS, 350 Nm; CKD, RM248,693

    Having opened the order books last month, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched the facelifted Arteon today. As announced previously, the refreshed five-door coupé arrives in R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion form, adding a lot more power and all-paw traction.

    This repositioning comes with a consequent price premium, as the car now retails at RM248,693 on-the-road without insurance, over RM27,000 more than before. As it was previously, the Arteon is assembled locally in Pekan, Pahang, so it benefits from a full sales and service (SST) exemption. Included in the price is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years of free servicing.

    Power comes from an EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, now uprated to produce 280 PS from 5,100 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,600 rpm. That’s 50 Nm down on the European-spec model, but those outputs still represent significant increases of 90 PS and 30 Nm over the outgoing front-drive car.

    Volkswagen Arteon facelift launched in Malaysia – R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion, 280 PS, 350 Nm; CKD, RM248,693

    As always, the mill is mated to a seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission, with drive now sent to all four wheels through the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. So equipped, the facelifted Arteon shaves more than two seconds off its zero-to-100 km/h time, completing the century sprint in 5.6 seconds.

    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 trim adds a more aggressive front bumper design with body-coloured air intake blades and a black rear diffuser with fake quad tailpipes. The car is also the first in Malaysia to get the new VW logo.

    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.

    Volkswagen Arteon facelift launched in Malaysia – R-Line 2.0 TSI 4Motion, 280 PS, 350 Nm; CKD, RM248,693

    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 (previously Dynaudio) 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 isn’t offered with autonomous emergency braking, which is a shame especially in 2021.

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Last Updated May 16, 2024