Volkswagen Arteon GTE: hybrid version on the way

A plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Arteon executive car will join the range by the end of 2020

Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its Arteon executive car will join the range before the end of 2020. The news comes as the brand looks to expand its plug-in offering, with hybrid versions of the Golf, Tiguan and Touareg also on the way.

In addition to the standard Arteon plug-in hybrid, the powertrain will also be offered in the forthcoming Arteon Shooting Brake – a yet-to-be-revealed estate version of the sleek saloon car. A visual (below) appeared on a presentation about the company's forthcoming PHEV models; we expect the changes between saloon and Shooting Brake to be purely visual.

The Arteon hybrid is expected to use the existing Passat GTE powertrain, meaning it’s likely to feature a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 13kWh battery and an electric motor  – for a total output of around 215bhp. However, given the Arteon’s sporting pretensions, there’s a chance it’ll offer a Golf GTE-matching 242bhp for faster acceleration.

If it does, we expect the Arteon GTE to go from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds and hit a top speed of more than 140mph. The Arteon’s range should still be a match for the Passat, meaning 36-37 miles on electric power alone.

Volkswagen Arteon PHEV

Again, if the Arteon uses the Passat’s set-up, it’s likely the rate at which you can charge the batteries will be limited. As with most plug-in hybrids, there probably won't be fast-charging technology for the Arteon; expect a 3.5-hour top-up time using a 7.4kW home wallbox.

It’s not clear whether the Arteon GTE will sacrifice some of the standard car’s practicality, although the Passat saloon does suffer in the transition from diesel to hybrid. That car’s 586-litre boot shrinks to 402 litres, hinting at a similar reduction for the conventional Arteon’s 563-litre load bay. The Shooting Brake should be marginally more practical, although those looking for outright space will be better served by the boxier Passat Estate.

According to Volkswagen, the Arteon plug-in hybrid will debut before the end of 2020. Further plug-in hybrid models are likely; speaking with DrivingElectric recently about the company's electric and hybrid plans, Dr. Kai Philipp, Project Manager for Electrified Drivetrains said: "We think the share of electric and plug in will grow. Our offer and demand for these vehicles will grow, too."