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BACALAH AUTO: Arteon Leads Volkswagen’s 2020 R-Line Range

THE all-new, much anticipated Volkswagen (VW) Arteon has been launched in Malaysia following its preview last year.

The sporty sedan — or fastback as VW calls it — is offered in the R-Line form in Malaysia and is locally-assembled in Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia’s (VPCM) facility in Pekan, Pahang.

The Arteon R-Line was unveiled along with the all-new Tiguan Allspace R-Line, Tiguan Allspace Highline and the Passat R-Line.

But the star of the show is definitely Arteon.

“As our new flagship, the Arteon elevates the VW brand for us as it beautifully captures the design, performance and function while offering a greater feeling of exclusivity,” said VPCM managing director Erik Winter during the unveiling.

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ARTEON R-LINE

The Arteon is a model that sits above the Passat and combines avant-garde design with dynamic handling.

Its name is a direct testament to the design concept — “Art” refers to the fastback’s sleek and emotional lines, while “eon” identifies the car as VW’s premium model.

The key element on the exterior is its sloping rear windscreen and instead of a boot, the Arteon features a hatch door, easily underlining the sporty appearance.

As an R-Line model, the Arteon gets an aggressive chrome grille with R-Line badge, LED headlights and tail-lights with sequential indicators, a black rear spoiler, and 19-inch Montevideo alloy wheels.

The Arteon also welcomes the new all-weather light, a special lighting pattern that should provide an optimum illumination in all weather conditions.

Under the hood is a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine that kicks out 190hp and 320Nm of torque. These outputs are transferred to the front wheels via an improved seven-speed wet-type DSG dual-clutch transmission.

Inside, the Arteon is fitted with 14-way ErgoComfor front seats with R-Line badging while the driver’s seat gains a massage function.

As a reflection of the dynamic and sporty styling, the Arteon is equipped with the dynamic chassis control along with customisation to suit driving needs.

In front of the steering wheel is a sharp 11.7-inch digital cockpit display with more than 30 combinations, including 2D and 3D navigation view.

As for safety, main items include a post-collision braking system, intelligent crash response system, and electronic differential lock.

The Arteon R-Line is priced at RM221,065 on-the-road without insurance.

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TIGUAN ALLSPACE

VPCM has introduced an all-new seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is set to make waves in Malaysia.

The Tiguan Allspace is an extended wheelbase version of the five-seater Tiguan, with bespoke front and rear ends.

It comes in two variants, the Tiguan Allspace R-Line 2.0TSI priced at RM209,575.79 and the Tiguan Allspace Highline 1.4TSI at RM165,000.75.

Both prices are on-the-road without insurance.

To cope with the longer wheelbase, the exterior is accentuated with a significantly higher bonnet position with crisp lines to give it a stronger stance.

The Tiguan Allspace, which is around 220mm longer than the regular Tiguan, offers more versatility and multiple seat configurations.

Powertrain and performance are perhaps the core elements that set both cars apart.

The Tiguan Allspace R-Line features a 2.0-litre TSI engine that makes 220hp and 350Nm of torque, a seven-speed DSG transmission, and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

This puts the R-Line Tiguan right up there with the Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo and other performance-oriented premium SUVs.

The Tiguan Allspace Highline is powered by a familiar 1.4-litre TSI engine capable of 150hp and 250Nm of torque. This car is a front-wheel drive and has a six-speed DSG transmission.

The exterior of the R-Line version is distinguished by a more aggressive R-Line front and rear bumpers, dual tailpipes, a rear spoiler and 19-inch Sebring alloys.

The Tiguan Allspace Highline is more subdued with standard LED headlights and tail lights, as well as 18-inch wheels.

On the inside, both cars get Vienna leather seats, three-zone climate control system, digital cockpit display and Discover Pro infotainment system.

However, the R-Line receives Dark Grid decorative inserts along with R-Line branding on the seats and steering wheel, as well as sportier aluminium sports pedals.

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PASSAT R-LINE

Completing the R-Line range is the Passat, now offered in R-Line iteration.

This is not a launch as VPCM have yet to reveal the pricing but it has announced that it is accepting pre-bookings of the car, with an estimated price of between RM200,000 and RM210,000.

This is around RM12,000 dearer than the Passat Elegance launched early last year and for that, you get a full R-Line styling package.

The exterior is sharper and sportier thanks to R-Line front and rear bumpers, R-Line fender badges and 19-inch Verona alloy wheels.

Inside, the sporty theme is echoed with Nappa carbon-style leather seats, steering wheel and aluminium sports pedals.

There is no change in the powertrain division as the Passat R-Line will be propelled by the 2.0-litre TSI engine that is found on the Elegance, good for 190hp and 320Nm of torque.

Transmission is an improved seven-speed DSG.

The car can be had in four metallic colours (Aquamarine Blue, Tamarind Brown, Manganese Grey and Reflex Silver) and two pearl-effect colours (Deep Black and Oryx White).

Bookings and test drive arrangements can be made at all authorised VW dealerships nationwide. – NST

BacalahMalaysia Team

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