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VW Arteon to cost from £34,305

Date: 09 August 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Volkswagen has confirmed its flagship model, the Arteon, will cost from £34,305 when it arrives in the UK next month.

The Arteon sits above the Passat in Volkswagen's line and is set to take on the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The model will initially launch with three engines - a 280hp 2.0-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel powertrain offered in two forms,150hp and 240hp.

The most frugal model is the lower-powered of the two diesel units, with emissions rated at 116g/km. The other engine emits 152g/km of CO2, while the petrol emits 164g/km.

Volkswagen added that "in due course" the firm's 150hp 1.5-litre petrol and a 190hp 2.0-litre unit will complete the range ? efficiency information is not available at this stage.

The most powerful engines in the range are mated to a four-wheel drive system as well as a seven-speed automatic gearbox, while all other models are fitted with front-wheel drive.

Two trim levels are offered - Elegance and R-Line. Standard kit includes an 8in touchscreen, an eight-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth and Volkswagen Media Control, which allows remote control of the media system using smartphones.

Other highlights include leather upholstery, LED daytime running lights and smartphone connectivity, while standard safety systems include adaptive cruise control, city emergency braking, speed assist, traffic jam assist, lane assist and a driver fatigue warning system.

"We are very excited to make the stunning new Arteon available to UK customers today," said Geradine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen. "This new flagship model represents a significant step forward in design, technology and, indeed, aspiration and we are confident that the Arteon will more than meet the high expectations of our customers."

She added: "With a selection of engines available to order now - and more engine options on the way - we are also looking forward to seeing the Arteon make inroads into the important fleet sector in due course."