Our latest render shows a possible look for Volkswagen’s second generation of the Phaeton flagship model.

Our latest render shows a possible look for Volkswagen’s second generation of the Phaeton flagship model.

One of the victims of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal is the all-new Phaeton which has been officially postponed, although VW didn’t say exactly until when. Chances are it will be out around the end of the decade, but only if the company will still have money to invest in its range-topping model after paying all the fines and recall-related costs.

The company has now switched focus towards the modular electric toolkit (MEB) that serves as foundation for future hybrid and electric vehicles. As a matter of fact, the next Phaeton will be offered as a pure electric model once it will come out, but probably VW will also throw in some combustion engines to give the full-size sedan a broader appeal.

The attached render essentially proposes a larger Passat with a more sloped roofline that gives the hypothetical Phaeton an almost four-door coupe silhouette. Given the front bumper treatment, the digital illustration depicts the all-electric Phaeton that will have “long-distance capability,” according to VW’s board of management.

Keep in mind the old Phaeton is still on sale today even though it came out way back in 2002. The company’s slowest-selling car right now will finally get the axe in March when VW will close the Dresden factory for retooling.

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