2019 VW Arteon makes US debut at Chicago Auto Show

There's only one powertrain choice, albeit a powerful one

Almost a year after the Arteon's world debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, VW has brought it stateside to replace the aging CC. Unlike in Europe where it offers many gasoline and diesel engine choices, the Arteon is available with only one powertrain in North America: a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine that makes 268 hp and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

The engine is linked as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission (no DSG, apparently) that sends power to the front wheels. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is available on each of the three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Premium.

The fastback sedan also features a standard DCC adaptive damping system and a Start-Stop system. Standard equipment is comprehensive and includes sports heated front seats with leatherette seating surfaces, KESSY keyless access, push-button start, 3-zone Climatronic automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

The 2019 VW Arteon also comes with standard driver assistance technologies such as a rearview camera, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

The list of available features is obviously longer and consists of ventilated front seats (with massage and memory functions for the driver), Nappa leather upholstery, heated rear seats, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services, Dynaudio premium audio, panoramic sunroof, and power trunk with Easy Open and Close.

There's also an array of available driver assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) including Park Distance Control, and Overhead View Camera (Area View).

The 2019 Arteon will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2018.

Now check out our review of the diesel-powered, European-spec 2018 VW Arteon 2.0 TDI DSG R-Line.

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