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2018 Volkswagen Arteon is stylish five-door CC replacement

VW hopes a near-luxury hatchback with lovely proportions can rekindle America's love with the brand.

Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Volkswagen Arteon at the Geneva Motor Show
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VW's new Arteon has some fussy details, but overall beautiful, long-legged proportions.

Volkswagen Arteon at the Geneva Motor Show
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This is the uplevel R-Line model.

Volkswagen Arteon at the Geneva Motor Show
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The Arteon's fastback shape is similar to that of its corporate Sportback cousins at Audi, the A5 and A7.

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LED lights are standard and give this CC replacement a dramatic new face.

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In Europe, the Arteon will be available with six engines and in front- and all-wheel drive. Sadly, one or two engines will likely be all that's offered on North American spec sheets.

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Note the sharp hood creases and how they flow into the headlamps.

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Rear LED taillights remind of some recent Mercedes-Benz efforts. Not particularly original, but not bad-looking, either.

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10-spoke dark-finish alloys come as part of the R-Line package.

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Exhaust outlets are hidden within large, chrome-frosted finishers.

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A long wheelbase should contribute to decent interior room and good utility.

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Cargo room stretches from 19.9 to 55.0 cubic feet.

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