Interior design and technology – VW Arteon Shooting Brake

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Interior design and technology – VW Arteon Shooting Brake

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The desire for spacious interiors, always paired with luxury, has prompted interior designers to modify or move existing systems, such as heating/cooling and audio facilities, using new combinations of electrical and mechanical features. In terms of controls, touchscreens offer space-saving possibilities, but designers face the problem of distracting the driver. The latest generation of Arteon Shooting Brake seems to have struck the right balance.

Since its launch in 2017, Volkswagen’s interior designers have redesigned the entire dashboard – including the cockpit, surfaces, air vents, trim and center console – including the infotainment section and air conditioning controls – as well as the top door trim. The analog clock has been removed. The end result is a minimalist layout that runs in straight lines and clean form.

The door trims are covered with a new leatherette finish, and the decorative seams are more pronounced, creating a visual connection to the Touareg. On the dashboard, solid wood (Regal Eucalyptus) or metal (Shadow and Aluminium Black Carbon) applications add an elegant touch. Its ambient lighting can be adjusted using no less than 30 colors. Selected colours illuminate the instrument panel, door trim and decorative trim for small spaces, front footwells and central storage compartment. The digital gauges and infotainment system also feature selected background colors.

HVAC dial controls have been replaced by touch sliders for automatic air conditioning and a new multifunction steering wheel with touch controls. The temperature of the optional Climatronic can now be set by touching the slider. The same applies to the blower function in manual mode. Seat heating, windshield and window defrost functions, and other air conditioning adjustments are also controlled via touch-sensitive surfaces in the center console.

The front and rear seats have a clear sense of space, with plenty of legroom. The outer rear seating positions take the form of contoured individual seats, while the third (middle) seat is quite comfortable all things considered. The middle seating position also features an armrest that folds down, behind which is a large through hole that comes in handy when loading long odds and ends.

Size-wise, the Shooting Brake version offers additional headroom at the front and rear, 1,008 to 1,019 mm (+11 mm) at the front and 883 to 835 mm (+48 mm) at the rear, thanks to its roof design. Interior widths are also the same: 1,500mm at the front and 1,481mm at the rear. As standard, the rear seat backrests fold asymmetrically in both models. Arteon Shooting Brake’s luggage capacity behind the rear seat bench is up to 565 liters if you load into the rear seatbacks and boot lid (rear seat: 563 liters). Loading the vehicle onto the roof and front seat backs will increase the loading capacity to 1,632 litres (back: 1,557 litres). The maximum loading area length in each case is 2,092 mm (up to the front seats).

Infotainment and Connectivity

On the connectivity side, apps are now wirelessly integrated for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via App-Connect Wireless, as well as a high-end sound system from Harman/Kardon. It uses a 700-watt, 16-channel Ethernet amplifier to power 12 speakers. One speaker acts as a center speaker in the dash, while the other acts as a subwoofer in the trunk. The rest of the tweeter, midrange and woofer have been placed inside the doors. The infotainment system coordinates the individual sound control of the audio system, which also offers pre-configured settings such as Pure, Chillout, Live and Energy.

The MIB3’s infotainment systems are located above the climate controls: Ready 2 Discover (8-inch touchscreen retrofitted with optional navigation), Discover Media (8-inch with navigation, German standard) and Discover Pro (9.2-inch with navigation). New in this regard are natural voice control, upgrade options and the use of a compatible smartphone as a mobile key.

acoustically

Of course, every car has a laminated windshield. However, for some time now, Europe has pioneered the use of laminated glass to improve vehicle comfort and safety. The first North American car with laminated side windows was introduced in 2002, and European market demand is catching up. Today, there is a clear upward trend in laminated glass, especially for front door applications, because of the acoustic advantages of this value-added product. The Arteon we took out for a ride last week comes with optional front side laminated windows, courtesy of Fuyao. Laminated glass provides 3 to 6 decibels of noise reduction than tempered glass.

Laminated side windows have other benefits that go beyond cabin noise. The use of laminates greatly reduces the penetration of UV light into the vehicle. Other benefits, such as safety, are also a consideration for automakers.

Predictive cruise control

The Arteon is equipped with a range of ADAS technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Predictive Cruise Control; City Emergency Braking; Front Assist; Speed ​​Assist; Traffic Jam Assist; Lane Assist and Driver Fatigue Alert System.

Notably, the Arteon is the first Volkswagen that can react to changes in parameters along the way – operating within system limits. A car’s ACC uses radar sensors (for distance monitoring), cameras in the windshield, and route information from the navigation system. Using cameras and connected dynamic road sign displays, Arteon can observe speed limits and city limits. At the same time, the car determines its position and predictively adjusts its speed before curves, islands and intersections, using front-facing cameras and route information from satellite navigation.

driver alert system

It also includes the automaker’s second-generation emergency assistance. If the driver is incapacitated for health reasons, the system slows the car within the system limits, but also steers it into the slow lane to perform an emergency stop, allowing rear traffic.

The new emergency assist system combines ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), Side Assist (Lane Change System), Lane Assist (Lane Departure Warning) and Park Assist (Parking Assist Steering) into one system. Once sensors determine that the driver has not operated the accelerator, brake pedal or steering wheel for a specified period of time, the system network implements targeted countermeasures.

Initially warns and “wakes up” the driver via audible, optical and haptic signals (brake shock). If the driver remains unresponsive, the emergency assist system will initiate an emergency stop.

on the way

Once seated, the engine grunts and you immediately feel a sense of anticipation. While the absence of physical HVAC dials and buttons may not be for everyone, its simple cockpit covered in soft-touch trim and supportive leather seats is certainly a comfortable place to sit for hours. Equipped with practical and flexible luggage, this five-seater long-distance cruiser rivals rivals with premium badges. It also feels functional, roomy and sturdy. Rival estate models include the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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