Volkswagen’s next-gen Phaeton may be offered in EV form

Volkswagen shed some recent details regarding their new flagship luxury sedan replacement, the second-generation Phaeton.

In their latest statement, Volkswagen confirmed that a possible new electric-version of the Phaeton could be offered when it goes on sale with the near future, promising such features like “long-distance capability.” Though given their recent reputation for lying, we’re going to take this one with a grain of salt, especially since most electric cars today still can’t match the true equivalent distance to a full-tank of gasoline.

Either way, the Phaeton is scheduled to launch sometime in 2018 with the electric version slated for 2020 as the company continues to research and develop the car. Though amid Volkswagen’s latest Dieselgate scandal, the Phaeton is being slightly delayed due to a reallocation of resources to deal with the company’s damage control. Also, Volkswagen reportedly delayed the vehicle before because it’s currently “too expensive to make.”

From what we know according to the rumors, the Phaeton will still attempt to run with the full-size luxury pack, currently dominated by the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS, Jaguar XJ, Audi A8 and so-on.


Phaeton redefined – the future is electric
The Volkswagen Phaeton has embodied the brand’s technological competence and brand ambition from the first generation onward. The future generation of the Phaeton will once again be the flagship for the brand’s profile over the next decade. In light of this, the Board of Management redefined the current project. The specification features a pure electric drive with long-distance capability, connectivity and next-generation assistance systems as well as an emotional design.

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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