Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has officially launched the all-new VW Arteon R-Line. The five-door flagship fastback is locally assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Pekan, Pahang.
Offering a combination of avantgarde design with dynamic handling, its name comes from ‘Art’, reflecting the fastback’s harmonious lines and emotionality, while ‘eon’ identifies it as a premium Volkswagen model.
The Volkswagen R-Line variants take inspiration from the performance R range. The R-Line range features a sporty styling package fitted onto the vehicle to give it an overall sportier look while maintaining great value.
The Arteon R-Line sports an aggressive chrome front grille with R-Line badge, LED headlights and taillights, a black rear spoiler, 19” Montevideo alloy wheels, and lower chrome trimmings.
The R-Line kit complements the car’s sporty fastback profile, with its lower roofline, frameless doors and a rear slope that continues down to the tail. The all-LED headlight system has Dynamic Cornering Lights while the rear taillights comes with sequential turn signals. The Arteon also comes with All Weather Light, a special lighting pattern that offers wider illumination to enhance visibility depending on the weather condition.
Additionally, the wide-opening rear hatch is hinged at the top to provide easy access to the 563-litre cargo space, the best-in-class. Further, the rear hatch has the Easy Open function which uses sensors to electronically open the boot with a kick under the bumper. A first for Volkswagen in Malaysia, the Arteon R-Line also comes with Easy Close which provides a 20-second delayed closing of the boot, giving the driver freedom to remove items in the boot using both hands with ease.
The Arteon R-Line is also equipped with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System which monitors individual tyres pressure; and manoeuvre braking that automatically applies brakes to prevent collision when it senses an object at speeds of up to 10 km/h.
The Arteon R-Line is offered with a 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine and a new and improved 7-speed double wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG). It is capable of an output of 190 PS and 320 Nm of torque. Driving characteristics can be customised with the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) which offers up to 15 selectable driving preferences and five different drive modes i.e. Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual.
The long wheelbase of this fastback provides for a generous interior with plenty of headroom and legroom at all five seat positions. The front passengers get a 14-way ErgoComfort seats in Nappa leather decked in R-Line badging, while the driver enjoys the addition of a massage function. Adding to the luxurious ambience are Silver Rise aluminium inserts, Titanium Black headliner, an analog clock and 3-color ambient lighting.
For audiophiles, the Arteon is fitted with a Dynaudio premium sound system with 11 speakers, 16 channel digital amplifier, a subwoofer and 700W of sound luxury.
Connectivity features include the 9.2” Discover Pro touchscreen infotainment system which has wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity. Android Auto and Mirrorlink are also available but via a USB Type C port. The system offers voice control, gesture control and is customizable to feature a split screen view.
For the driver, there is a high resolution 11.7” Digital Cockpit that accesses driving data with six customizable screen views and over 30 combination options, including 2D and 3D navigation and a full 100% map view.
As for safety features, the Arteon R-Line is packed with premium world-class features such as Post Collision Braking System that prevents a second collision; Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) that takes preventive measures during a collision by cutting the fuel supply, unlocking the door and turning on the hazard lights; and Electronic Different Lock (XDS) that improves traction and reduce understeer.
Other standard safety features are Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Hill-hold Control, Proactive Passenger Protection System and Active Bonnet for pedestrian protection. The Arteon also comes with Area View 360° camera for a bird’s eye view of the car’s surroundings. This screen is customizable and available in full or split views.
Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM was delighted to introduce the all-new Arteon R-Line to the Malaysian market. “The stunning Arteon really needs no introduction, and this is a model that Malaysians have been patiently waiting for. As our new flagship, the Arteon elevates the Volkswagen brand for us as it beautifully captures design, performance and function while offering a greater feeling of exclusivity. Having it as an R-Line model, adds sportiness even more to the heart of the Arteon.”
The Arteon R-Line has three metallic colour options i.e. Manganese Grey, Turmeric Yellow and Pyrite Silver; and two pearl-effect options i.e. Deep Black and Oryx White Pearl.
The Volkswagen Arteon R-Line is priced at RM225,490. With the current sales tax break, the recommended retail price is RM220,043.28, until the 31 December 2020. It comes with 3 years free maintenance, 5 years unlimited mileage warranty and 5 years roadside assistance.
Bookings and test drive arrangements can be made at all authorized Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my