VPCM to launch new 280 PS 2021 VW Arteon 4Motion R-Line facelift in Malaysia

Hans · Jun 12, 2021 01:00 PM

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Remember the white display unit of the Volkswagen Arteon 4Motion R-Line that was previewed at Volkswagen’s road show in Setia Alam in 2018?

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Singapore-specs, pre-facelift model shown in 2018

The one with a stonking 280 PS / 400 Nm 2.0-litre TSI engine and 7-speed DSG (to be confirmed, 8-speed is also available for US) paired to a Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drivetrain, basically the Golf R’s engine and transmission. The one that was opened for bookings in July 2019 with an estimated price of between RM 290k to RM 310k.

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Just when everyone has moved on and thought that the car didn’t materialize (only the 190 PS front-wheel drive Arteon R-Line was eventually launched, in August 2020), Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has just confirmed that it will be launching a new Arteon R-Line 4Motion.

Also read2020 VW Arteon launched in Malaysia: 190 PS, 320 Nm, priced from RM 221k

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The brand’s official website is now collecting registrations of interests from keen buyers.

The light signature of the car in the web page's background, plus the stylized R logo in VPCM's Instagram post, points to this being the new Arteon facelift.

Also readVolkswagen Arteon is RM 130k cheaper than the Audi A5 Sportback, but better?

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The new facelifted Arteon features a different front bumper, new headlights and tail lights. Inside, there are new touch sliders to adjust the air-conditioning, new steering wheel, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Also readReview: 2020 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line - Worth paying more for a reskinned Passat?

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Driving assistance package (ADAS) is now rebranded under the IQ.Drive name, now capable of semi-automated driving from 0 – 210 km/h. The reverse camera now has a wider 170-degree view.

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Of course, specifics of the local specifications car have yet to be confirmed. Previously, it was said that the Arteon R-Line 4Motion will be imported (CBU) from Germany. Presumably, this arrangement still remains.  

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By the way, VPCM’s pre-owned car division Das Welt Auto did sell one unit of pre-facelift Arteon R-Line 4Motion. It was VPCM’s internal car (not the same display car in the 2018 road show) and was listed for RM 269k.

Editor's comment: With 280 PS, 4Motion all-wheel drive for all-weather grip, and those oh-so-sexy frameless doors, the Arteon R-Line 4Motion is the grown man's Golf R. You can also see it as the thinking man's Audi A5 Sportback (RM 376,900, 252 PS, 370 Nm).

Also readReview: Audi A5 Sportback - When you find the BMW 4 Series too boring

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