The Chicago Auto show was mostly about new crossovers and updated pickup trucks, but there were still a few cars to pay attention to. The one that caught the most attention was the 2019 VW Arteon. The Arteon’s official debut showed off a vehicle that is perhaps Volkswagen’s most attractive car yet. The new 2019 Jetta appeared in Detroit, but even it isn’t as appealing as the Arteon.
Part of the reason that the 2019 Arteon made such an impression in Chicago was that there weren’t many all-new vehicles appearing for the first time. Most of the big reveals happened already in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, and the others at the Chicago Auto Show were crossovers or trucks. With that in mind, it may have been smart for VW to officially unveil the car in Chicago because all eyes were on it.
It’s easy to like what you see with the Arteon, too. The full LED headlights, wide grille and stance, and its long wheelbase with a sleek roofline make it the best-looking car in the company’s lineup. We think it even rivals many of Audi’s products in the style department. We also hope the dramatic look will spread across its lineup.
This new sedan takes the place of the VW CC. The CC never really sold at the level the company hoped for, topping out at just under 30,000 sales in the U.S. in 2011, according to GoodCarBadCar. Since then, the vehicle’s sales numbers have steadily declined, so it’s no surprise that it was canceled. Hopefully, the Arteon will be able to perform better in terms of sales than its predecessor. We wouldn’t be surprised if it did. It’s feature-packed with both a long list of standard and optional features, including safety, comfort, and convenience technology.
While most people are frothing at the mouth for crossovers, the Arteon offers a stylish alternative that’s also practical. It offers a spacious interior that’s roomier up front and in the rear seats than the CC was and the Passat is. While VW would not approve of us calling it a hatchback it does have a trunk that opens in a way that would lead many people to call it a hatchback. This seems to be the new way to go, as Kia did the same thing with the Stinger. You get the sleek roofline and a spacious area for storage.
Overall, the Arteon appears to be quite the modern sedan. With its impeccable exterior styling and upscale interior we could see the car doing well, however, pricing has not yet been released and it will be interesting to see where such a well-equipped car falls. Estimates are saying the car will come in around $35,000 base.
It could easily outprice the competition, and with the 2017 CC sitting at $34,475, the new Arteon could come in with a hefty price tag. That paired with the crossover-crazy masses may mean it won't do the kind of sales VW would like. Still, there’s no denying that it’s an attractive vehicle, and if you had your eyes set on an Audi A7, but didn’t like its price tag, the VW Arteon is a smart second choice.