The China-only Volkswagen Phideon luxury sedan has made its debut on the night before the 2016 Geneva motor show.
Measuring 5.05 metres long, 1.87m wide, standing 1.48m tall, and riding on a wheelbase that’s over three metres long, the new Phideon is targeted squarely at China’s chauffeur-driven limousine market.
Under the skin, the Phideon is the first Volkswagen-branded vehicle to make use of the group’s MLB component set for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles with longitudinal engines.
The top-spec Phideon is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection V6 petrol engine with 220kW of power and 440Nm of torque, with power sent to all four wheels.
Volkswagen will also offer the new sedan with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, and there are also plans for a plug-in hybrid version down the track.
According to Volkswagen, the front end design of the Phideon will be used on the brand’s future luxury sedans. On the inside, the Phideon is said to feature wraparound ambient lighting, a relaxed lounge atmosphere, and front and rear seats with integrated cooling, heating and massaging functions.
The Phideon will go on sale in China from the third quarter of this year, and will be produced and sold in conjunction with SAIC, the larger of Volkswagen’s two Chinese partners.
In the world’s most populous nation, the Phideon will sit above the Passat and Magotan sedans. Given the failure of the Phaeton to resonate with buyers in Europe and North America, it’s unlikely that the Phideon will be offered in right-hand drive or outside of Asia.