CARS.COM — Calling it a "new top model," Volkswagen released a sketch of its all-new, four-door Arteon that will debut in March 2017 at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Arteon boasts frameless windows and a fastback roofline, and VW says it will slot above the Passat sedan in its lineup. It's unclear whether it will come stateside, however.
The Arteon heralds a new look for VW. The nose trades the segmented components that characterize most of the automaker's U.S. lineup for a lot more interplay between various components: A bold, crossbar-heavy grille extends far down the bumper, much like on vehicles from the Volkswagen Group's Audi brand. The grille's upper crossbars snake directly into the headlights, then arch upward toward the fenders. Volkswagen released only a sketch of the Arteon's profile, but an accompanying video reveals a frontal view.
The Arteon will go on sale internationally in the summer of 2017. VW spokesman Mark Gillies said in an email that the car is "under consideration" for the U.S. to replace the CC sedan. The slow-selling CC has been around since the 2009 model year, and shoppers this year bought just 2,595 of them through October, down nearly half versus the same period in 2015. The Passat, by contrast, has accounted for nearly 60,000 sales through October.