2016 Geneva Motor Show – Volkswagen Phideon
The Volkswagen brand is having a tough day at the office, so to speak, considering that they’re taking part of the Geneva Motor Show shortly after Dieselgate. You’ve probably seen that video of the comedian, crashing the Up! unveiling and trying to fit the face-lifted car with a ‘cheat’ module. That says a lot, really.
This year’s show didn’t give Volkswagen the opportunity to brag about growing sales; far from it. Instead, the company has revealed an interesting flagship sedan, set to be sold in China.; that’s a bit disappointing, considering the Volkswagen Phideon – the successor of the very popular Phaeton – looks mighty fine.
This is the first Volkswagen be based on the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB), with people quickly thinking about an Audi A6 with a longer wheelbase and Passat clothing. That’s a wrong assumption, considering none of the body components are shared with the quattro folks and that the engine sit differently under the hood of the Phideon.
All these Chinese flagships will receive TSI turbo engines, with the most impressive being the 3.0 TSI V6 – 300 PS and 347 pound-feet (440 Newton meters) of torque – connected to an AWD system. Volkswagen is also planning on developing a plug-in hybrid model in the near future, in its effort to wipe its slate clean. Its luxurious, stylish, and powerful enough; but will this attempt put Volkswagen on the map again? We’ll just have to wait and see!