Even the press release admits this is the first Volkswagen to be based on the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB). So it's like an Audi A6 with a longer wheelbase in Passat clothing. But it's not an Audi knockoff, as none of the body bits are shared with the quattro folks.
Not only does the engine sit differently under the hood of the Phideon compared to the smaller Passat, but it's of a different type as well. All these Chinese flagships will get TSI turbo engines that culminate with a 3.0 TSI V6 rated at 300 PS, 347 pound-feet (440 Newton meters) of torque available with AWD. Does VW even make such a thing?
There will also be lesser variants that use a 2-liter TSI with front-wheel drive. A model with a plug-in hybrid drive is also planned for the future, Volkswagen promises.
How big is the VW Phideon?The total length is quoted at 5.05 meters or 16 feet and 7 inches. That makes it just 1cm shorter than the Phaeton (European model), but still not in the same league as the Maserati Quattroporte or Mercedes S-Class. All the proportions are big, as the overall width is 1.87 meters (73.6 inches), and the height is 1.48 meters (58.3 inches).
The design leaves us with nothing to say except comparing it to the Passat or Jetta facelift. As for the name, Volkswagen says it's derived from Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity. That's a nice way of thanking the Chinese for buying the Phaeton all these years.