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Public Sector Manager - - Contents - Writer: Ashref Is­mail

VW’s Ar­teon makes a grand en­trance

In an age when mo­tor com­pa­nies are some­times ac­cused of de­sign­ing cars that lack ex­cite­ment and creat­ing tem­plates that copy one another, Volk­swa­gen (VW) has boldly cre­ated a mas­ter­piece as their top pas­sen­ger model in the Ar­teon.

De­signed as an avant-garde five-door fast­back, the new car ex­udes el­e­gant lines com­bined with so­phis­ti­cated styling to pro­duce a thor­oughly mod­ern and classy shape that stands out from the herd. Thanks to its long wheel­base, stretched roofline, coupé-style fast­back de­sign and a large rear hatch, this gran turismo pro­vides more space and flex­i­bil­ity than con­ven­tional sa­loons.

So­phis­ti­cated styling

The gran turismo will be avail­able in two ex­clu­sive equip­ment lines – the El­e­gance and R-Line. The name says it all. The stan­dard con­fig­u­ra­tion of the Ar­teon El­e­gance is fo­cused pri­mar­ily on the fu­sion of so­phis­ti­cated styling and pre­mium lux­ury.The Ar­teon R-Line, mean­while, puts sporti­ness and pre­mium class equip­ment at the heart of the ve­hi­cle's con­fig­u­ra­tion, as is typ­i­cal of all VW R-Line mod­els.

In­side the Ar­teon boasts a clean de­sign, with typ­i­cal VW high qual­ity and er­gonomic ef­fi­ciency.VW has de­vel­oped new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems (6.5 to 9.2inch). The new top sys­tem, the Dis­cover Pro, has a tablet-like glass sur­face. It man­ages its tasks ef­fi­ciently and en­tirely with­out ana­logue but­tons.The 9.2inch dis­play is also equipped with in­tu­itive ges­ture con­trol.

In front, the driver and front pas­sen­ger ben­e­fit from the ex­cel­lent pack­age pro­vided by the Mod­u­lar Trans­verse Ma­trix and a lot of space is cre­ated by the trans­versely mounted engine and the front axle that is for­ward po­si­tioned.

The colour and trim de­sign area fea­tures co­or­di­nated ma­te­ri­als and colours in the in­te­rior of this gran turismo.Two in­te­rior colour themes (black, dark grey and a com­bi­na­tion of dark and light grey) match the range of ex­te­rior colours. In the El­e­gance, you get ti­ta­nium black seats, in­stru­ment panel and car­pets with a mis­tral grey head­liner.The R-Line of­fers ti­ta­nium black seats, in­stru­ment panel, car­pets and head­liner.

Need­less to say, the Ar­teon comes with a host of pas­sive and ac­tive safety fea­tures too nu­mer­ous to men­tion, but de­signed to make the driver's job eas­ier, safer and much more com­fort­able.

The new Ar­teon comes in two turbo-charged di­rect fuel in­jec­tion en­gines. All of the en­gines have four cylin­ders in­clud­ing a diesel

2.0 TDI with 130kW power out­put with 350Nm of torque that kicks in be­tween 1 608 and 3 500rpm. The com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 5.6l per 100km. The engine is avail­able with a six-speed dual clutch gear­box (DSG) trans­mis­sion.

Top of the range

The top of the range petrol engine is the 2.0 TSI with 206kW power out­put. It has 350Nm of torque that is avail­able from 1 700 up to 5 600rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in 5.6 sec­onds and has a top speed of 250km/h. The com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 7.3l per 100km. The 206kW engine is only avail­able with a 7-speed DSG trans­mis­sion.

All of the en­gines are only avail­able with an au­to­mated DSG.The TSI engine also has 4MO­TION all-wheel drive as stan­dard and the diesel mod­els have front-wheel drive.

With this new model, VW has ex­panded on the fast­back, five-seater sedan seg­ment. Hav­ing of­fered the CC be­fore, the Ar­teon fol­lows that trend but sig­nif­i­cantly builds on that im­age.The car oozes so­phis­ti­ca­tion and looks un­like any­thing else on the mar­ket. Although pricey, it will do well con­sid­er­ing its brand her­itage and will ap­peal to peo­ple who want that ‘some­thing spe­cial'. Priced from R600 000 to R700 000, it cuts deep into the com­pact ex­ec­u­tive Ger­man trio ter­ri­tory but given its im­pec­ca­ble cre­den­tials, prom­ises them some sleep­less nights.

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