Geneva 2016: VW reveals Phideon for Chinese market

Geneva 2016: VW reveals Phideon for Chinese market image

Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Volkswagen | posted March 03, 2016 08:13

Volkswagen updates lineup with a new long wheelbase sedan

Beyond the futuristic concept cars and the allure of new sporting models, Volkswagen has opted to use 2016 Geneva Motor Show as an opportunity to unveil their new offering for the chinese market; meet the Volkswagen Phideon.

Replacing the aging Phaeton in China, the Phideon will be the updated full-size sedan which will serve as the brand’s flagship model in the market. Volkswagen states that the sedan’s rather odd name stems from the Roman goddess of fidelity, Fides.

The first in Volkswagen’s core lineup to use the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB) architecture, the Phideon, while mainly based on the Passat possesses a much larger footprint. Standing at a length of 5050mm, more than 3000mm of which being its wheelbase, the Phideon is easily distinguished as a long wheelbase vehicle.

VW Phideon side

While the car itself has been revealed, interior photos have yet to surface. So far however, it has been confirmed that the car will come with a soft-close feature for its doors, electronically controlled heated seats with ventilation and massage features, as well as air suspension as standard to ensure a comfortable ride. VW’s infotainment system comes with support from MirrorLink, Android Auto, and Carplay to cater to various smartphones for accessibility.

The Phideon’s powerplant consists of a 3.0L V6 rated at 300PS sending power to Volkswagen’s 4-motion four-wheel drive system. A 2.0L turbo four cylinder with front-wheel drive as well as a plug-in hybrid model will be made available in the latter stages of the vehicle’s life cycle.

The Phideon is scheduled for sale to clients on the third quarter of 2016 once production kicks off at Volkswagen’s Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation joint venture.