Volkswagen’s CC is about to spawn a successor and along with the new design will be a new name: Arteon.
Arteon is a combination of “art” and “eon” and follows the naming practice introduced with the Phideon sedan on sale in China. The Arteon plugs the gap between the Passat and Phideon in VW’s lineup and underpinning the car is a version of the flexible MQB platform found in many of the automaker’s cars.
Though the official teaser video doesn’t reveal much of the design, we already have plenty of clues thanks to leaked shots, prototypes spotted in the wild and a concept that leaves little to the imagination.
VW says the Arteon marks the introduction of a new design language dominated by a highly expressive, horizontally accentuated look. One element will be horizontal bars in the grille stretching into the headlight clusters. The car will also feature a fastback design leading to a rear hatch.
The debut will take place next March at the 2017 Geneva auto show and VW says we can expect sales in most of its markets around the globe, including potentially the United States. While the CC has never been a big seller here, in the absence of the Phaeton it helps fill the important flagship sedan role for VW.