Volkswagen @ PACE 2018 – Arteon previewed; Passat, Beetle, Golf range on display

Volkswagen brings premium to the people at the first-ever Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2018 at the Setia City Convention Centre, which continues to take place until 7pm today. On display at the Volkswagen booth are the marque’s latest, joined by some of their most significant current models.

Taking pride of place is the Arteon, the successor to the swooping CC. Specifications aren’t confirmed, though it will almost certainly use the 280 PS/350 Nm 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine as deployed for the Singapore market.

It may include Dynamic Chassis Control with multiple drive modes, LED lighting front and rear, Nappa leather seats with “carbon-style” inner faces and R-Line embroidery (14-way adjustable for the front seats), ambient lighting and panoramic sunroof.

On the infotainment front, there’s a 12.3-inch Active Info Display, heads-up display, 9.2-inch touchscreen, Discover Pro infotainment system and a 700-watt Dynaudio sound system with 12 speakers and 12-channel digital amplifier.

Speaking of the Passat, examples of the Highline and JOIN edition variants are on display here. The Highline represents the most generously specified of the Passat range along with its 2.0 TSI turbo petrol engine, which gives 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque, while the Passat JOIN is powered by a 1.8 TSI turbo petrol with 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

These are joined by the Tiguan JOIN, which is powered by a 1.4 TSI turbo petrol offering 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Like others in the JOIN range, it is identifiable by design cues such as a rear spoiler, trunk or tailgate garnish, chrome exhaust tips and more.

Any mention of The People’s Car would surely bring to mind the Beetle, and handily, there is one on display here in 1.2 TSI guise. The instantly recognisable shape is propelled by 105 PS and 175 Nm from its 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol four, driving the fronts via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The Golf range is here represented at PACE by the 1.4 TSI, GTI and R versions. Arguably in the most eye-catching hue at the Volkswagen stand, the Golf 1.4 TSI here wears the R-Line styling, courtesy of R-Line front and rear bumpers, badging, rear spoiler, sports rear diffuser and twin trapezoidal chrome exhaust trim.

A set of 17-inch Singapore alloys and adaptive LED headlamps feature here, too, while inside the Golf R-Line you’ll find a 12.3-inch Active Info Display virtual instrument cluster, 8.0-inch Composition Media infotainment system with App-Connect (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink) and Vienna leather upholstery with integrated R-Line logos on the front seat backrests.

Next is the perennial hot hatch favourite, the Golf GTI. Here, the 2.0 litre TSI turbo petrol four outputs 230 PS and 350 Nm of torque sent to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.4 seconds and a 248 km/h top speed.

Adaptive LED headlamps and full LED taillamps take care of exterior illumination, while an 8.0-inch Discover Media system with Bluetooth, SD card, USB and AUX-in connectivity and navigation handles infotainment. The driver gets a 12.3-inch Active Info Display virtual instrument cluster, which is configurable and offers five different views.

Rounding up the roster of Volkswagen display cars at PACE is the Golf R, joining the stand in a three-door bodystyle. Opting for two fewer doors still grants the full 290 PS and 380 Nm of turbocharged grunt, corralled by a seven-speed wet-dual-clutch DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

Standard kit includes Advanced Adaptive LED headlamps with dynamic light assist and Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) as well as Vienna R leather interior upholstery and an R sports steering wheel with paddle shifters. a configurable 12.3-inch Active Info Display virtual instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen Discover Pro infotainment system handles the visuals, while audio comes courtesy of an eight-speaker setup and a 10 GB jukebox.

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