PHEV Powertrain Leads the Way with VW Arteon

A plug-in hybrid version of the face-lifted Volkswagen Arteon has been announced as the automaker seeks to extend its electrified powertrain offerings.

Both the saloon and station wagon, or Shooting Brake as the carmaker has dubbed it, will feature the PHEV technology although few details of the powertrain’s capabilities have yet to be revealed.

The Arteon eHybrid will claim a ‘long’ purely electric range that VW say should cover many typical commuters’ daily driving distances with zero emissions. It adds that both models are among the first of their kind to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive in the luxury mid-sized vehicle segment.

Volkswagen suggests all the powertrain options will feature the same level of luggage space with the Shooting Brake boasting capacity of up to 565 liters, 563 for the saloon, rising to 1,632 liters with the rear seats lowered while the saloon will see 1,557 litres. In both cases, the load space has a maximum length of 2,090 mm (82-inches).

The models also gets Volkswagen’s latest Travel Assist package with enables partly automated driving within a speed range from 0 to 124mph. The systems adaptive cruise control reacts to speed limits, towns, bends, roundabouts and junctions with corresponding speed adaptation. The Lane Assist lane keeping system that keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane and Autonomous Emergency Braking Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring also form part of the range of Travel Assist functions.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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