As part of the midlife cycle makeover, Volkswagen has not only made the Arteon available as a wagon, but also as a plug-in hybrid for the first time - the latter is called Arteon eHybrid. However, neither the load lugger, the PHEV, nor the hot R model will be available in America; they’re strictly reserved for the European market.

VW has not mentioned the specifics of the plug-in hybrid powertrain, but we suspect it’s the same one it already offers in the Passat GTE. It pairs a 156 horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 115 horsepower electric motor for a combined output of 215 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque.

If it also shares the 13 kWh battery pack too, then its pure electric range should be similar to the Passat’s, which is rated at 56 km (35 miles) on one charge. Both the regular fastback and the new wagon will be available as plug-in models.

Gallery: 2021 Volkswagen Arteon

And there’s even a chance that the Arteon R, announced in the same press release, is also a plug-in hybrid, which ditches the 1.5-liter turbo for a bigger 2-liter engine from the Golf R. That engine makes 292 horsepower and with the aid of the electric motor, it could have an output of around 400 horsepower, as well as all-wheel drive.

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One becomes two: world premiere of the new Arteon02 and Arteon Shooting Brake


One model series, two versions! Volkswagen is presenting the new Arteon in a world premiere and is unveiling a second version – the new Arteon Shooting Brake – at the same time. This model is a completely new interpretation of the estate concept. “Volkswagen will launch 34 new models this year. There has never been such an extensive model initiative in the history of the brand,“ says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer und designated CEO of the Volkswagen Pkw brand. “The Arteon Shooting Brake extends our model range in the important midsize-segment. It will set standards in its class with its dynamic design, high functionality and modern technologies.“

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