Volkswagen prices 2019 Arteon

The firm's "brand-shaper" will arrive in showrooms in April.

Delayed but not forgotten, the Volkswagen Arteon is finally on its way to American showrooms. The German firm has released pricing information for its range-topping, brand-shaping model ahead of its release in April 2019.

The Arteon line-up consists of three trim levels named SE, SEL, and SEL Premium, respectively. SE models come standard with LED lights on both ends, 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, heated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats, keyless entry, leatherette upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, plus rain-sensing wipers. Pricing starts at $35,845 before buyers factor in a mandatory $995 destination charge.

Priced at $39,995, SEL models gain a panoramic sunroof, a remote engine starter, leather upholstery, wood-look trim, navigation, adaptive cruise control, and a 12.3-inch digital, driver-configurable instrument cluster. Stepping up to the range-topping SEL Premium adds 19-inch alloys, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a massaging driver's seat, a 12-speaker sound system, plus an easy-open trunk lid. The Arteon SEL also gains a full suite of electronic driving aids.

Every trim level comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The turbo four spins the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. SE and SEL trims are available with Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system at an extra cost, while SEL Premium models come standard with the feature.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will begin arriving in showrooms in the coming weeks. Buyers looking for a stylish premium sedan can also look at the Kia Stinger, which starts at $32,990 and offers rear-wheel drive, while the range-topping SEL Premium is priced into Audi A5 Sportback territory.

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