The large luxury sedan segment is increasingly getting new models from automakers looking to expand their revenue streams. As the global economy expands, more and more business executives are turning to large luxury sedans as their favorite mode of transport especially in China. During the recent Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen showcased their large, luxury sedan dubbed the “Phideon” which will be produced exclusively for the Chinese market. You might be surprised to learn that the funny name is adopted from the Roman god of fidelity, Fides. Volkswagen claims the 2017 Volkswagen Phideon sedan will be an ‘object’ of elegance and reliability.
The vehicle will be built on the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB) platform becoming the first Volkswagen model to feature this platform. Volkswagen joins Audi who also have an exclusive large sedan, the Audi A6L for the Chinese market. Read along to find more about the new Phideon.
2017 Volkswagen Phideon Exterior
As said earlier, the Phideon becomes the first VW automobile to be based on the MLB platform which means the model will be long and ideal for use as a limousine. The exterior profile looks sporty. At the front, it comes with a wide grille featuring horizontal slats. To complement the grille is a pair of large LED equipped headlights. The front look is based on the C Coupe GTE concept the automaker showcased in Shanghai Auto show last year.
On the sides, the Phideon is equally elegant. It has an attractive character lime which starts at the front fenders and runs above the door handles to the deck lid. The rear end borrows its design from the new Passat as well as from the C Coupe GTE concept. Its taillights are unique and feature a 2-tier design with four LED clusters and chrome inserts. A wrap-around chrome strip on the lower part of the rear and elegant stainless steel exhaust tips complete the premium look of the Phideon.
Dimension-wise, the 4-door sedan is 5.05 meters long, 1.87 meters wide and 1.48 meters tall.
2017 Volkswagen Phideon Interior
Details about the Phideon’s interior are still scarce. However, a press release that accompanied the vehicle’s debut revealed that the vehicle’s cabin will accommodate five passengers comfortably. The release also added that the vehicle aims at appealing to both self-drivers and those who love to be chauffeur-driven. Due to the MLB platform, the cabin offers plenty of legroom in front and at the rear. The car is particularly ideal for the Chinese market many owners love to be chauffeured around.
The vehicle’s seats are luxurious and are power adjustable. The seats are also heated and ventilated and have a massage function. The cabin will also be luxuriously lighted to offer a relaxed and lounge-like ambience. On the technology front, the vehicle will be adequately equipped. It will feature a large head-up display that also projects information to the windscreen.
It will also feature the Modular Infotainment system that integrates MirrorLink and CarPlay which helps integrate Smartphones to enable the driver to use various apps. We will give you more updates on the interior styling cues of the Phideon once VW makes such information available.
Engine Specs and performance
The new 2017 Volkswagen Phideon sedan will be offered with three engine choices. The first engine which has already been confirmed is a 3.0 L, V-6 capable of putting up 296 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. This will be the most potent engine for the sedan. It will be paired with the automaker’s 4MOTION AWD system.
The second engine will be a 2.0 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This engine will produce 217 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The mill will be offered in front-wheel drive. There will also be a hybrid drive-train. However, the exact hybrid engine that will be used is not yet known but many enthusiasts expect Volkswagen to use the same engine as that on the Passat GTE. The said drive-train combines a 1.4 L, 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce 215 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Price and release date
The automaker did not disclose the Phideon’s price or release date during the launch at Geneva. However, we expect the new sedan to be more expensive than the Passat since it slots above it. Most likely, it will have a price similar to the Phaeton or slightly higher. The model will be released in the third quarter of 2016. As said earlier, the model will only be sold in china so don’t expect it in the US.
Volkswagen hopes the new VW Phideon 2017 will eat into the Audi A6 sales. The automaker’s Passat is much smaller and dull to compete with the Audi A6L. The Phideon will go head to head with the long-wheelbase Audi A6L which is sold exclusively in China. The Cadillac CT6 and Lincoln Continental will also rival the Phideon. However, the Cadillac and Lincoln Continental are offered all over the world.