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New China-only saloon points towards future high-end vehicles from Volkswagen, including the next Phaeton
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29 February 2016

The VW Phideon has been revealed, previewing a new design line VW says it plans to incorporate onto future high-end saloon models. The Phideon is a Chinese market luxury saloon based on the same platform as the Audi A6.

The 5050mm long Phideon will go on sale in China in October, filling a niche previously occupied by the first-generation Phaeton.

Conceived to offer a number of advanced functions not previously available on any VW model, it will be positioned above the Chinese-market Magotan, a car closely related to the US-market Passat.

VW design boss Klaus Bischoff says the distinctive front end styling of the Phideon will heavily influence the look of future luxury models from the German car maker, including the second-generation Phaeton.

Boasting a characteristically restrained but highly technical appearance similar to the latest European market Passat, it was designed at Volkswagen’s main styling studio in Wolfsburg expressly for the Chinese market. 

“The new Phideon, with its flowing and yet precisely drawn lines, exudes the highest presence. The progressive design corresponds to the high level of its technical innovations,” said Bischoff.

At 5050mm long, 187mm wide and 1480mm tall, the Phideon is a mere 5mm shorter, 35mm narrower and 30mm higher than the standard wheelbase Phaeton.

Power for the four-wheel-drive Phideon on show in Geneva this week comes from a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine delivering 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque.

As with the Audi A6 produced and sold in China, though, production versions of the new Volkswagen luxury saloon will also offer the choice of front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

A petrol-electric hybrid powered variant of the upmarket Phideon is also expected to be revealed at the Beijing motor show in April.

The new Volkswagen rides on a chassis closely related to the Audi A6. Chinese buyers will be able to choose between a standard steel sprung or option air suspension – the latter offers five different driving modes.

The Phideon is described as Volkswagen’s most advanced production car to date. It has a host of technical features brought over from the Audi A6 and its larger A8 sibling, with which it shares its electrical architecture. Included is a head-up display unit, camera based night vision, an area view system with four wide angle cameras to allow ease of manoeuvrability in tight spaces, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, as well as a host of new features providing smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.  


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The Phideon will be produced in Shanghai, at the manufacturing base of Volkswagen’s Chinese market joint venture partner the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. Despite competing in a class currently unoccupied by any Volkswagen model in the UK, Wolfsburg officials say there are no current plans to establish sales of the new luxury sedan here.

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29 February 2016
Let's call it a Passat Carat XL...

29 February 2016
Let's call it a Passat Carat XL...

1 March 2016

Losing $3bn on the last giant Passat has taught VW nothing. They think that they're right and reality is in error; a peculiarly German trait.

Worked with the 911, worked with the Golf, works with football. Didn't work with the last two World Wars, the Euro and won't work with this. But that won't stop them trying.

They'll lose billions again and return in 2030 for another crack with - you've guessed it - another giant Passat. But people don't want giant Passats. Not even the Chinese. Deal with it.

1 March 2016
"They think that they're right and reality is in error; a peculiarly German trait"

You're right on there.

1 March 2016
This certainly looks more tasteful than similar-sized offerings from Mercedes and BMW. I am not sure about the exaggerated crease line down the side. And the forthcoming Volvo S90 looks more distinctive.

1 March 2016
The Phaeton name was bad enough, but Phideon! Thats the most stupid name for a car that I've ever heard of!

3 March 2016
Oh you wicked thing !!! So accurate - but you missed out about immigration!!! - how wrong can they get. Off Politics - this car is built in China and for the China market - labour costs 1/3rd of German and will NOT lose money because they wont build that many and the parts bin is fully utilized.

18 March 2016
Infiniti has shown to be a serious stand alone model. You dont see the name NISSAN or Renault stamped all over it. The other day we had the quite remarkable Genesis from Hyundai. Saw one this morning - it looked really good and attractive enough to slow my walk down to "must have a peek inside". Then there it was they cobb "H" stamped all over the bloody place. Now VW - a company with enough brands and marques to know better is insisting butting a Golf-Polo_Amerok badge on the front of this top of the range car. Dont these people get it? I personally might like to have such a car and spend way too much on cosseting myself, but NEVER with that VW badge on the front!

21 March 2016
I am carrying a torch for this car because it has a relatively low waistline and tall windows, features that are disappearing in a world where even SUVs have to be coupefied.

28 April 2016
At least they are successful in their auto industry and as with everyone else maybe some of their projects are not. If I remember correctly the ENTIRE British auto industry collapsed some decades ago (Was it a peculiarly British trait?) and the tiny remaining of it has been kept on their feet by the Germans, and the rest now by India. And together with other nations locating their car productions in UK, it all have helped not only with jobs and UK economy but also revived the car subcontractor industry of UK. If a few projects don't turn out well it's more normal than due to being a German trait. It didn't work the last 2 World Wars but it has ever since and saved your bacon too :)

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