The 13-year old VW Phaeton is dying for a replacement with poor sales globally. According to a new report from Automotive News Europe, the next generation VW Phaeton will arrive in late 2016 or early 2017 – one year before the next-gen Audi A8 – and its model range will include a plug-in hybrid powertrain, said undisclosed company sources to the publication.
The U.S. and China being the large markets for the plug-in hybrid cars, will be the main targets for the plug-in hybrid variant. China is a big market for even the standard Phaeton. The next-gen’s plug-in hybrid variant will be even more important for this growing Asian market, as its government is now pushing automakers for more electrified cars.
The 2017 VW Phaeton will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo modular-longitudinal platform which was developed by Audi, as per the report. The same platform also underpins the next-gen Audi A4 that is set to be unveiled at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September.
The undisclosed sources say the idea is that the next-gen Audi A8 will rival the all-new BMW 7 Series, while the next-gen VW Phaeton will be made to rival the Mercedes S Class.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]