Volkswagen is using the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as venue to unveil its new flagship model for the Chinese market, the “PHIDEON.”
VW is finally ready to replace the aging Phaeton in China with an all-new fullsize sedan which will be positioned above the locally sold Magotan. If you are wondering about the origins of the PHIDEON moniker, VW says it is derived from Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity.
It will be the first car from the Volkswagen core brand to ride on the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB) architecture and although a China-only model, the PHIDEON was developed and designed at home in Germany.
VW’s new flagship for China has a large footprint with an overall length of 197 inches (5.05 meters) and a wheelbase that spans at more than three meters (118 inches). It’s also quite imposing thanks to a generous width of 73.6 inches (1.87 meters) while standing 58.3 inches (1.48 meters) tall. The design can be best described as a long-wheelbase Passat with some small changes here and there, but nothing really of great significance.
Photos of the interior have not been provided so far, but we do know the long doors are equipped with an electric soft-closing system. The heated seats are electrically adjustable and come with ventilation and massaging functions while the air suspension should ensure a silky smooth ride. Three-color ambient lighting is also available to generate a relaxing ambiance and for added safety there is a head-up display along with a night vision system.
Since we are on the subject of safety, the PHIDEON will be offered with adaptive cruise control (ACC) as well as front, side, lane, and light assistants. VW’s latest infotainment system will have support for MirrorLink, Android Auto, and CarPlay, so owners will be able to connect their smartphones and access various contents via the car’s touchscreen.
Power is provided by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine developing 300 horsepower (220 kilowatts) and 347 pound-feet (440 newton meters) of torque sent exclusively to an all-wheel-drive 4MOTION system. VW will also sell the PHIDEON with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a FWD setup while later during the car’s lifecycle there’s going to be a plug-in hybrid model as well.
The VW PHIDEON is slated to go on sale in China in the third quarter of 2016 once production will kick off at the company's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation joint venture.