The 13-year old VW Phaeton is desperately awaiting a complete makeover in terms of design, engineering and probably every other aspect one may think of. The German automaker’s flagship saloon was discontinued in the UK in July.
According to an earlier report, the company had planned to introduce the second generation Phaeton in late 2016 or early 2017 but then it decided to postpone that in order to improve the returns on the upscale saloon by lowering production and the productions costs.
But now, the newly-formed Volkswagen Brand Board of Management has confirmed that there will be a second generation VW Phaeton. Announcing the new strategic decisions taken at a special meeting, the company has revealed that the next-gen Phaeton will be a pure electric car.
There’s no word about a combustion engine-powered model, but a report released in June said that the all-new model will have a plug-in hybrid variant.
Following the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, more than winning customers’ trust back, the company will have to make the major environmental agencies around the world believe that it will do something about negating the effect of its scandal and that it’s genuinely going to be concerned about efficiency of its cars now. For that, it will focus on the development of a standardised electric architecture for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.
A multi-brand MEB toolkit is to be developed for both vehicle segments. The standardised system will be designed for all body structures and vehicle types. This will allow emotional vehicle designs and make it possible to have vehicles with all-electric driving range of 250-500 km.