CHICAGO — As product timing goes, 2018 is not trying like a fantastic 12 months to tout a pair of latest sedans, provided that U.S. automobile gross sales in January fell to lower than a 3rd of U.S. quantity. And they’re on monitor to drop for the fifth 12 months in a row.
But after introducing a pair of crossovers in 2017 to bolster a lineup with a scarcity of them, Volkswagen sellers will discover themselves this 12 months touting a brand new flagship sedan, the Arteon, and a redesigned model of the model’s best-selling car in 2017, the Jetta. Each are middle stage at this 12 months’s Chicago Auto Present, the place the Arteon is making its U.S. debut after occurring sale in Germany final 12 months.
The midsize 2019 Arteon Gran Turismo and the compact 2019 Jetta sedans share the automaker’s world front-wheel-drive MQB platform, as do the three-row Atlas and redesigned Tiguan crossovers that the model launched in late 2016 and 2017.
Volkswagen’s shared platform technique has been in place since 2012, working its means by means of the lineup as product cycles age out and new automobiles are launched. The Passat would be the final car within the model’s lineup to be redesigned on the MQB platform in 2019. The platform is versatile, fixing solely the engine place and distance between the entrance axle and pedal field, whereas leaving all different dimensions variable, which is how the identical platform can be utilized on automobiles starting from the Golf to the Atlas. Greater than 5 years in, MQB now underpins an enormous proportion of the greater than 10 million automobiles VW delivers globally every year.
The successor to the discontinued CC, the Arteon is greater than 5 inches longer than the outgoing automobile, and is ready to reach in U.S. dealerships within the third quarter. Within the U.S., it can have a 268-hp 2.Zero-liter inline-four engine mated to an eight-speed computerized transmission, making 258 pound-feet of torque.
Volkswagen’s platform technique permits the automaker to save lots of billions of every year by with the ability to unfold prices throughout a variety of automobiles, sharing elements and applied sciences both as normal or optionally available options. For instance, the technique was a major motive why pricing for the redesigned 2019 Jetta — which is bigger than the outgoing model and has extra normal options — will begin at $19,395 together with transport, $100 lower than the outgoing model. Pricing for the Arteon will not be but obtainable. Pricing on the 2017 CC began at simply greater than $35,000.
The Arteon’s inside encompasses a customizable instrument cluster, head-up show and a brand new infotainment system within the middle stack with a 9.2-inch display and gesture management. Security methods within the flagship sedan embrace VW’s newest era of adaptive cruise management, which takes velocity limits and route info into consideration and adjusts velocity accordingly. It additionally encompasses a dynamic cornering mild system that makes use of predictive beam management to acknowledge when a bend is approaching and lightweight the nook earlier than the flip begins. An emergency help system within the Arteon can sluggish the automobile and steer to the shoulder if the motive force turns into incapacitated.