Despite the original model suffering from slow sales and an identity crisis, Volkswagen is known to be working on a new successor to the Phaeton, which is even slated to make a return stateside.
Though according to AutomotiveNews, the Phaeton has been delayed until 2018 as a 2019 car because the current first generation model is still a hot topic in China. “Company insiders” did hint the second generation Phaeton is almost complete, but due to the popularity in China, they’re in no hurry to replace it.
As with other items in Volkswagen AG’s portfolio, the Phaeton is built on the same MLB platform underpinning nearly Audi’s entire lineup.
The same engines should also be retained for the new Phaeton, including the same W12 as the outgoing model, as well as a V6 hybrid powerplant, and a V8 TDI with 450bhp for the lucky Europeans. Previous rumors did suggest the Phaeton should closer compete with the Chrysler 300 and the Fod Taurus, but recent reports from AN suggest a price tag of around $70,000.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Automotive News