Refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Arteon fastback arrives at U.S. dealerships in November.
Volkswagen adds a wagon version called ‘Shooting Brake‘, but not for the USA. The automaker reduced the wagon lineup in favor of SUVs in the States.
The last remaining wagon – the Golf SportWagen – was dropped from its U.S. lineup in 2019. Instead, the company offers the Atlas and Tiguan. A smaller SUV model and the electric ID.4 crossover will be introduced within the next year or so.
Europeans are more lucky: in addition to the VW Arteon fastback, they will get the nice-looking Shooting Brake, a hot R variant and a plug-in hybrid.
In the USA, the Arteon will be available in SE, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium R-Line trim levels. A 2.0-liter 268-hp inline-four turbo engine remains, mated to standard front-wheel drive or optional 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Exterior tweaks include a more prominent grille, new lighting elements, new badging. The sporty R-Line pack got a number of new trim pieces.
Interior improvements include a new dashboard setup with touch-sensitive climate controls, an infotainment system that adapts the latest VW’s software, a new steering-wheel design.
30 colors are on offer for ambient lighting. The Harman Kardon audio system comes as option instead of the previous system.
Expect a slight price rise for 2021 compared to the current model’s $37,015 – $48,715.