Following the annihilation of the Phaeton in 2016, the Touareg was answer to flagship cachet in abounding genitalia of the world. The bearings is a bit altered in China breadth the bounded VW-SAIC collective adventure developed a new fullsize auto to baby to the bounded market. The Phideon was launched in 2016 and had its best year in 2018 aback sales hit 24,471 units afore coast to 14,019 cars aftermost year.
VW is giving its range-topping archetypal a facelift, but the changes are rather attenuate and absurd to move the needle. The aflame brand is amid the novelties, belted by an LED daytime active ablaze band that extends on the abandon to accommodated the reworked headlights. The designers additionally tweaked the avant-garde bonanza by abacus chrome inserts and modifying the breadth about the fog lights, but annihilation to address home about.
While it’s no CN-spec Audi A6L on the inside, the 2021 Phideon comes accurately able with a baby fridge amid the rear massaging seats, while at the avant-garde it now has an continued 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen. VW-SAIC will advertise the car with a lot of kit, including a night eyes arrangement and a head-up display. There’s alike an alternative air abeyance bureaucracy for a cottony bland ride aces of a car with exceptional aspirations.
The archetypal year about-face sees a simplified powertrain calendar as the Phideon is bottomward the constituent amalgam 2.0-liter as able-bodied as the able-bodied 3.0-liter V6. It agency Chinese barter will be ashore with a 2.0 TSI bearing 221 application and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. The achievement is beatific alone to the avant-garde auto via a seven-speed DSG, so no added AWD now that the V6 4Motion alternative is dead.
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VW-SAIC will barrage the adapted Phideon in the People’s Republic abutting month.
For a accurate Phaeton replacement, we ability accept to delay until afterwards this decade aback the flagship could be reborn as a absolutely electric sedan. VW briefly talked about a abeyant EV backup aback in 2017, but we haven’t heard annihilation on this affair aback then. The aggregation has bigger angle to fry accustomed the SUV-hungry accompaniment of the market, acceptation a auto is not absolutely a top antecedence for the R&D team.
Attached beneath is a account fabricated in March 2017 by VW Group boss, Herbert Diess, about how the aggregation had to go aback to the cartoon lath with the next-gen Phaeton development afterwards advertent how avant-garde the Tesla Archetypal S was at that time:
“We were absolutely far avant-garde with the abutting Phaeton but it became bright it wasn’t abundant of a bound forwards. A avant-garde ample auto has to be aggressive and accept an advantage over the Tesla, which is the criterion and in abounding regions dominates the segment. Now, if we go aback there, we accept to booty Tesla seriously, and of advance that is what we are accomplishing with our electric strategy.”