Volkswagen Arteon Bids Adieu Sooner Than Expected, Making Way for ID.7 Electric Sedan

So, here’s a tidbit that slipped past our radar. We chatted about the Volkswagen Arteon back in September 2022, referencing Automotive News’ crystal ball that foretold the demise of this sophisticated sedan in 2024. The official word from VW, as part of their 2024 model year lineup, announced the Arteon’s availability in SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line trims, both equipped with the trusty 4Motion® all-wheel drive. They mentioned minor cosmetic tweaks for the 2024 model, setting the starting price at $47,875, plus a $1,350 destination fee.

Change of Plans: Arteon Checks Out Early, Replaced by ID.7

However, it seems VW decided to cut the party short, discontinuing the Arteon at the end of the 2023 production run. A memo to dealers revealed, “The Model Year 2023 marks the end of the Arteon production for the US market,” erasing any mention of the Arteon in their initial 2024 lineup info. CarsDirect speculates that VW chose frugality over sticking to the original timeline, despite a decent sales uptick in the latter half of 2022 and throughout 2023. While the Arteon managed a mere 2,349 sales in 2023 (double that of 2022), the Jetta and Golf had more robust numbers with 47,407 and 10,690 units sold, respectively.

Arteon Farewell, ID.7 Arrival: Changing Tides in Volkswagen’s Lineup

This shift in strategy isn’t limited to the U.S. market. Even in Germany, the sedan version of the Arteon got the boot, leaving only the Arteon Shooting Brake among the wagon variants. The new kid on the block for German sedan lovers is the electric ID.7, once known as the ID.Aero, poised to take over from both the Arteon and the retired Passat. The ID.7 boasts slightly larger dimensions, with a length and height four inches greater than the Arteon, albeit being half an inch narrower. It promises more passenger and cargo space than the conventional sedan-shaped Passat.

As of now, the Arteon is still up for grabs in the U.S. in all three trims. Since the 2024 model didn’t make it to the shores, it’s still being sold at the 2023 pricing. Here’s the breakdown after the $1,350 destination charge:

  • SE R-Line: $44,360
  • SEL R-Line: $48,530
  • SEL Premium R-Line: $51,425

Once the remaining Arteons vanish from dealer lots, that’s it. Keep an eye out for the ID.7, slated to hit the scene toward the end of the year as a 2025 model, with pricing details expected closer to launch, hovering around the $50,000 mark.