The new Volkswagen Arteon, the replacement for the CC that is set to be revealed at the Geneva show next March, is likely to spawn a shooting brake estate variant as the firm steps up its bid to add cars with more expressive designs to its line-up.
To date, the Arteon has been seen in official sketches and while testing in disguised form, revealing more overt styling than that of the outgoing CC in a bid to lure buyers away from the more established premium brands.
Adding a shooting brake to the line-up is viewed by Volkswagen bosses as a way to add more design lustre to the brand. “The first thing we must see is the market reaction to the standard car,” said Elmar-Marius Licharz, VW’s head of full-size product lines.
“If we are to make derivatives of this car then it needs a good base, but we do think that a shooting brake is absolutely the sort of car that could work. First it needs a business case, but it looks quite good.”
The Arteon will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, but its shooting brake variant isn't expected until a while after this. The standard coupé will go on sale in the UK in late 2017, with a 276bhp version topping the range.
It'll rival the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé - itself an Audi A5 Sportback rival - and will be priced from around £30,000, representing a £4500 price hike over the current CC. A hybrid version is tipped to come later in the model's life cycle.