2021 Arteon: a brand halo evolved and sharpened
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is refreshed and significantly upgraded. A sharper exterior design and premium interior upgrades lead the changes, while a complement of state-of-the-art technology is newly available or now offered as standard equipment alongside hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics.
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is available in three trims: SE, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line. The refreshed Arteon features a refined front end with sharpened design elements, and a redesigned cockpit with upgraded décor and technology. Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is now standard, as is the all-new MIB3 infotainment system with updated navigation and wireless App-Connect. Updates to R-Line® models include an illuminated light bar in the front grille, and translucent décor with 30-color ambient lighting inside, as well as wireless charging, and enhanced driver assistance technology. Three new colors are added for model year 2021—Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Pearl, and Lapiz Blue Metallic, with the latter two being exclusive to R-Line models.
The refreshed 2021 Arteon retains its characteristic aggressive stance—low and wide—that immediately sets it apart from the sedan segment at large. Taking inspiration from classic sports cars, the contoured hood lines extend directly into the grille, while the long and wide hood stretches across the entire front profile into the wheelarches to form the shoulder section. The design is sophisticated and modern.
The ambitious design is made possible by the flexible MQB chassis architecture. The wheelbase of the Arteon is 111.9 inches and is paired with short overhangs for more dynamic proportions.
The spacious interior of the Arteon receives significant updates for 2021 that further accentuate its upscale nature. Volkswagen’s interior designers have redesigned the entire dash panel—consisting of surfaces, air outlets, and trims—the center console, and the top sections of the door trims. New decorative seams at the top of the dash trim flow into upgraded top sections of the door trims, wrapping around front passengers like a cocoon. A new aluminum trim adorns the dashboard and doors in SE models; R-Line models incorporate translucent elements with 30-color ambient lighting.
All 2021 Arteon models feature innovative Volkswagen MIB3 touchscreen infotainment. The displays utilize a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming. Wireless App-Connect smartphone integration for compatible devices is standard, and offers users the ability to run select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through services such as Apple CarPlay®, Android AutoTM and MirrorLink®, and multi-phone pairing that can switch between compatible devices.
All Arteon models feature the Discover Media system with navigation and a glass-covered 8.0-inch display. The unit features enhanced voice recognition, Bluetooth technology® for compatible devices, HD radio, SiriusXM® radio (three month trial period), and two USB-C ports (one in the center console, one in the center stack; SEL Premium R-Line models add a third charge-only port in the rear console). With MIB3, Discover Media features a redesigned navigation system with simplified and enhanced map designs, intuitive route options, quick access to frequently visited locations, and advanced route management. With a Car-Net® Hotspot subscription, maps can be automatically updated with the most up-to-date traffic and construction information.
The Arteon can be equipped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The latest-generation 4Motion system is designed to activate before wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, a feature designed to help save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
To help protect occupants, the Arteon provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features eight airbags as standard (front, side, and knee airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2021 Arteon is Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this in certain crash scenarios by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The Arteon also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.
Finally, a reactive hood that is unique to the Arteon can raise via its hinges before impact, helping to reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a collision with a pedestrian at speeds between 15-34 mph. The triggering of the reactive hood is targeted toward helping to reduce head trauma by increasing the gap between the engine and the more flexible hood.
Every 2021 Arteon comes with a bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Carefree Maintenance Program. The warranty provides coverage for four years or 50,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration. The Carefree Maintenance Program provides scheduled maintenance services for 2 years or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first) at no additional charge, and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration.
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Article from press release from VW US Media website