Petrol and diesel engines are likely to stay four-cylinder, which is all the Arteon has ever had, but with a 48-volt electrified side to boost power and efficiency. VW says the “future oriented” engine line-up will “feature high levels of efficiency as well as low emissions and powerful torque”. Likely engine is the 2.0-litre mild-hybrid unit that already features in VW Group models that share the Arteon’s MQB architecture. It is not yet known if there will be a plug-in hybrid version of the sort that Škoda has introduced with the new 245PS Octavia vRS iV.
It is possible the sportiest new Arteon Shooting Brake will get R badging, all-wheel-drive and turbo-petrol of the order of 333PS but there is no confirmation of this, or the new model’s prices. The current range spans £31-£41,000, with the top model being the 274PS R-Line TSI 4Motion.
Arteons have always been exceptionally well built and equipped, and if the design sketch is accurate then the new two-model range has a chance of pulling off some junior Panamera appeal, and becoming the successful flagship saloon VW has always dreamed of but never really had.