Volkswagen’s venerable top-tier sedan – the Volkswagen Phaeton – is long overdue for a complete redesign. We’re expecting the second generation to launch sometime in late 2016, or possibly early 2017, built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB Evo longitudinal platform.
And according to Automotive News, the new 2017 Volkswagen Phaeton could come with a plug-in hybrid variant.
Automotive News reports that sources told its sister publication, Automobilwoche, that a PHEV Volkswagen Phaeton was on the way, targeted primarily at the United States and China. Interestingly, where China has proven to be a relatively strong market for the flagship sedan, sales of the first-generation Volkswagen Phaeton in the US fell so far short of expectations that the car was pulled from the US market back in 2006. The German automaker is taking a calculated risk with its decision to reintroduce the car here for 2017.
AN further reports that the 2017 Volkswagen Phaeton will be arriving a year prior to the next iteration of a sibling flagship sedan: the Audi A8. Additionally, they will both share the same architecture. But, where the Audi A8 takes aim at the BMW 7-series, the Volkswagen Phaeton is setting its sights for the ultimate target: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.