R-Line treatments include badging, 19- or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a sportier bumper with glossy black-finished air intakes, air inlets and cover panels, and a subtle gloss-black rear spoiler. Inside, the R-Line logo appears on the start screen of the Modular Infotainment Platform II and the stainless-steel door sills. There's also contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, metallic decor pieces, stainless steel pedal covers and a black headliner.
The Arteon, which is built on VW's MQB platform, was introduced as a European model last year in Geneva. It replaces the CC sedan as a more upmarket fastback and is expected to start around $38,000. It comes equipped at all levels with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 268 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels, though 4Motion all-wheel drive will be an option.
Further down the line could be a shooting brake version and the option of the 3.6-liter V6 that powers the Atlas SUV.