The next generation Volkswagen Phaeton has been rendered by independent artist Remco Meulendijk of RM Design.

The next generation Volkswagen Phaeton has been rendered by independent artist Remco Meulendijk of RM Design.

There's no sign yet of Volkswagen's upcoming flagship model, but we won't be too surprised if it will look more or less like an enlarged Passat. This is also Remco's opinion who envisioned the second generation Phaeton full-size sedan like a Passat LWB. The reasoning behind the existence of the Phaeton has always been questionable since Audi is in charge of the luxury department within VAG, but Volkswagen still wants to keep the Phaeton alive as the crown jewel of the brand.

According to the latest gossip, it's slated to come out towards the end of next year and aims to be "the most comfortable car in its segment." Auto Motor und Sport said a while back that Volkswagen wants to make the Phaeton more comfortable than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and one way to do that is install an air suspension using a camera and sensors to spot road imperfections and make the necessary corrections to grant a silky smooth ride.

Reports are indicating the all-new Volkswagen Phaeton will also benefit from a semi-autonomous system working at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h) and incorporating an overtaking function.

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