As indicated by Volkswagen, the new 2019 Arteon is the profound, not exacting successor to the swoopy CC sedan. Tune in as we unwind the debut of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.

The Arteon built on from the further developed MQB platform. The chassis gets five additional inches of wheelbase, 2.9 more inches of rear legroom, and almost double the cargo. From the Arteon's grille strakes that keenly incorporate into the LED headlamps to its continuous character lines and gracefully tapered haunches, the alluring fastback figures out how to resist its generally sensible starting cost of $36,840. This isn't your dad's Passat; The Arteon is looking good.

Regardless of its luxurious styling, a portion of the CC's reckless components have been lost on the Arteon. Gone, for example, is the gutsy optional VR6 motor, replaced with just a single choice: a modest, 2.0-liter inline-4. A detuned Golf R mill, the turbocharged powerplant produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed torque converter-equipped transmission that means in for the antecedent's dual-clutch DSG unit. The combo yields a consolidated 25 mpg in front-drive structure, or 23 mpg all-wheel drive. Despite the powerplant still eclipses the humble 174 horsepower engine found in the Passat, some will miss the choice of a meatier engine.

Entry-level Arteon SE models are accessible in front-drive ($36,840) or all-wheel drive ($38,640) designs and get standard heated 12-way customizable leatherette seats, keyless entry, and 18-inch wheel, stuff you won't jump on the $26,190 starter Passat. The SEL models we tested beginning at $40,990 (front-drive) or $42,790 (all-wheel drive), and go up with features like Nappa leather seats, a panoramic rooftop, remote start, an eight-inch multimedia screen, and versatile cruise control.

Tuned more tightly than Passat, the Arteon's suspension and 19-inch wheels will, in general, get small roads inconsistencies more than the following sedan, in any event, when driven in its softest setting. While the busyness is especially observable on poor quality roads, the tune is welcome on stretches like California's serpentine Highway 33, where we pitched the Arteon through a stomach-churning sequences of apexes. The four-door had the option to hang rather decently, regardless of its enormous proportions and long wheelbase.