The second generation Volkswagen Phaeton has been digitally envisioned by Theophilus Chin.

The second generation Volkswagen Phaeton has been digitally envisioned by Theophilus Chin.

An all-new Phaeton is still a few years away but that didn't stop Theophilus Chin from imagining how the model could end up looking. Although many of us are hoping for more variety, we all know how the new Phaeton will be designed, pretty much like an oversized Passat.

Scheduled to arrive in United States in 2018 or 2019, Volkswagen's range-topping model is expected to ride on the MLB Evo platform and promises to be a "class leading" model which will be "very smooth and luxurious", according to Volkswagen development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser. Based on a recent report, in United States the new Phaeton will be priced similarly with the high-end variants of the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus so it should cost less than 50,000 USD.

Since U.S. will get it in 2018 or 2019, expect the overhauled Volkswagen Phaeton to be introduced in Europe sometime in 2017.

Despite being 12 years old, the first-gen Phaeton is still on sale today in several markets, including at home in Germany where it starts at 71,200 EUR. Throughout its long lifespan, the Phaeton was facelifted first in 2007 while three years later received another makeover. It never was a popular model but Volkswagen always said it helped the brand develop new technologies which found their way on lesser models.

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