New VW Phideon stretches out at Geneva 2016
Volkswagen shows off a China-only luxury saloon at the Geneva Motor Show, based on C Coupe GTE concept
In terms of exterior design the Phideon appears to be a stretched and facelifted Passat, but the five-metre long saloon is actually based largely on the C Coupe GTE concept. It therefore gives clues to the next Phaeton, but we're expecting a more dramatic design for that fully-electric saloon.
We're yet to see the interior of the Phideon, but VW claims it's designed to appeal to "dedicated self-drivers", yet offers the necessary space "for use as a chauffeur-driven limousine". To that end the rear seats are electrically adjustable, heated, cooled and have a massage function.
The Phideon also gets an array of tech including an air suspension system similar to that found on a Bentley, with five driving modes, and soft-closing doors. A night vision system warns of hazards ahead at night, while four wide-angle cameras give a view around the car on the central screen.
It debuts with a range of TSI turbo petrol engines, including a flagship 3.0-litre unit with 295bhp. A plug-in hybrid drive system will debut later on.
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