Making its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 5 metre long luxury saloon is designed with the Chinese chauffeur and client in mind and will be available in the country later in 2016.
Designed and developed in Germany, the top-of-the-range model will be a 3.0 TSI 4MOTION, which comes with four-wheel drive as standard – is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged direct injection petrol engine that produces 220 kW/300 PS. This efficient TSI develops maximum torque of 440 Nm. The new five-seater from Volkswagen will also be available as a 2.0 TSI (with four-cylinder engines) with front-wheel drive. A model with a plug-in hybrid drive is also planned for the future.
Between extremely short front and rear overhangs, is a wheelbase of over three metres, and perfectly suited for use as a chauffeur-driven limousine with generous spaciousness.
Luxurious seats (in the front and rear passenger compartments) can be electrically adjusted in several directions, including individual settings for the ergonomically curved sides, and have integrated seat ventilation and heating as well as a massage function. The design team created a relaxed lounge atmosphere. The atmosphere inside the car is also made more pleasant by a wrap-around ambient light strip that can switch between three different colours, and soft close doors.
Volkswagen has said the Phideon will have a Phaeton style chassis equipped with air suspension, similar to the systems used by the Bentley brand. There is word that a new Phaeton will be announced for 2017, so the Phideon could be a big hint as to what we will see.