Volkswagen Arteon shooting brake approved for production, V6 likely

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Yesterday, reports emerged regarding new body styles and engines for the VW Arteon liftback.

According to AutoExpress, a shooting-brake/wagon variant of the new Arteon has been green-lighted for production. Wagons are very popular in Europe, so this makes sense.

In addition, VW is also believed to be considering the introduction of a V6 to the Arteon lineup. If this V6 does make it to production, it would be the 3.6L naturally aspirated unit in the US-market Atlas SUV (this was confirmed by VW head of product for medium and full size cars Dr Elmar-Marius Licharz last year). In the Atlas, the 3.6L V6 produces 205kW (276hp) of power and 360Nm (266 lb-ft) of torque – fingers crossed VW bump up the power and torque to 235kW and 400Nm respectively to make the engine a worthwhile option.

What do you think of this report? I really hope it’s true – I need a Volkswagen V6 wagon with Arteon styling in my life. Hopefully they don’t mess the engine up and keep it the same as the Atlas – the enthusiast’s pipe dream is to add two turbos and raise power to 300kW. That’s a topic for another day.

Let me know your thoughts down below.

Featured photo: a rendering of what the Arteon shooting brake/wagon could look like.

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