Instead, Volkswagen will sell the Phideon on the Chinese market, where it will be positioned above the Passat and Magotan models, becoming the replacement of the Phaeton.
The Phideon is a five-meter-long premium sedan, and the exhibit in the Volkswagen stand at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show is the top of the range version.
We are speaking of a 3.0-liter TSI engine that develops 300 HP and delivers power to all four wheels through a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Naturally, the premium sedan does this with an automatic transmission.
The Phideon was developed in Germany with the help of Volkswagen’s Chinese partner, SAIC. The two will launch the production model on the Chinese market in the third quarter of this year.
While not confirmed word-by-word as the replacement of the Phaeton, the Phideon does play this role, as there wouldn’t be any room for a larger premium sedan in the company’s portfolio.
Concerning design, the Phideon does not look like a stretched Passat, but has an odd front end. The profile of the car is predictable thanks to our spyshots, while the rear end comes with no surprises. The headlights have an unusual design for a Volkswagen of 2016. Compared to the optional LED lights on the current generation Passat, the Phideon cannot pride itself on the best-looking headlights on a Volkswagen sedan.
Volkswagen’s Phideon is the company’s first model to feature a camera-based night vision system. Volkswagen’s first night vision system is a safety feature that will probably be available as optional equipment.
Like in other cars that have this technology, the night vision would aid drivers by monitoring the surroundings of the road ahead to discover any humans or animals wandering near or towards the road. In the case of detecting one or several subjects that could collide with the vehicle, the driver would be notified to take precautionary action.