Design render shows what could be.

With crossovers and SUVs continuing to take the car world by storm, we need more sporty tourers in our lives to balance things out. Considering the Arteon is already a sexy car in its standard form, a long-roof version would be even more desirable, as this speculative render tries to prove.

It’s only a digital exercise at this point, but VW has already admitted it’s toying around with the idea of giving its new Passat-based flagship the lifestyle estate treatment. Insiders at Wolfsburg are describing the more practical Arteon as being a 'shooting brake'; technically, they have two doors, not four - but just as the Arteon is a four-door coupe, so this could become a four-door shooting brake. 

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VW’s Head of Full-Size Product Lines, Elmar-Marius Licharz, said some months ago it all depends on the success of the Arteon, adding the shooting brake is just one of the body styles they’re thinking of to expand the lineup. If it receives the stamp of approval, the Arteon Shooting Brake (or whatever it will be called) will come with a more spacious boot than the regular model, which boasts 563 litres with the seats in place. Fold them down and the Passat’s hotter cousin provides a cargo capacity of 1,557 litres.

2018 VW Arteon in Geneva
2018 VW Arteon in Geneva

As for pricing, it would obviously command a premium over the standard Arteon, which is now available in Germany from around £43,000 with the 280-hp 2.0 TSI engine. Only this engine and the torquetastic 2.0 BiTDI (around £45,000) can be pre-ordered at this point, so the starting price will likely drop in the months to come once less exotic engines are added to the range.

2018 VW Arteon is presented in Geneva
2018 VW Arteon is presented in Geneva

Just to get an idea of how much money VW is going to ask for an Arteon Variant (if there will be one), there is roughly a £1,600 difference between the Passat saloon and estate here in the UK, regardless of trim level. It's a fair bet an Arteon shooting brake would follow suit: is it a safe bet that Volkswagen's going to build one, though?

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