Volkswagen showcase Phideon at Geneva Motor Show

first_imgThe all-new Volkswagen Phideon luxury saloon is making its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This innovative and luxurious four-door car is positioned above the Passat and the Magotan, which is available in China, and thus in the premium segment.The elegant new five-metre saloon will be launched on the Chinese market in the third quarter of this year. With the debut of the Phideon, which was developed and designed in Germany, Volkswagen is adding a crucial pillar to its model range.Volkswagen’s design team is proud of the fact that it was possible to derive the Phideon almost directly from the breath-taking C Coupe GTE concept car, which was presented at Auto Shanghai in 2015, with only minor changes.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Honda Jazz vs Hyundai i20 vs Volkswagen PoloGT DieselEngine: The top-of-the-range model – the Phideon 3.0 TSI 4MOTION, which comes with four-wheel drive as standard – is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 turbocharged direct injection petrol engine that produces 220 kW/300 PS.This efficient TSI develops maximum torque of 440 Nm. The new five-seater from Volkswagen will also be available as a 2.0 TSI (with four-cylinder engines) with front-wheel drive. A model with a plug-in hybrid drive is also planned for the future.Dimensions:The Phideon is 5.05 metres long, 1.87 metres wide and 1.48 metres high. Between the extremely short front and rear overhangs for a car of this size is a long wheelbase of over three metres, which give this saloon car particularly sporty proportions. The eye-catching long bonnet gives the car style and lends it sovereign “prestigious dimensions”.advertisementALSO READ:Volkswagen Polo GTI unveiled at Auto Expo 2016Exterior:Apart from the sharp contours of the bonnet, the front is characterised by the wide and comparatively high radiator grille consisting of four chrome bars, with two of the chrome-plated crossbars framing the dual LED headlights integrated in the three-dimensional architecture of the radiator grille; the bold unit consisting of the grille, headlights and LED daytime running lights forms the “face” of the Phideon.The side profile is characterised by a character line formed by two lines – a distinctive, razor-sharp drawn-out line over two surfaces, extending from the front wings to the back in the boot lid.Like the front end, the design of the rear is also dominated by a horizontal division of the surfaces, accentuating the car’s width. The character lines, which run around the car right up to the boot lid, frame the upper rim of the LED rear lights.A wrap-around chrome strip in the lower body area ends in stainless steel exhaust tailpipes, adding a dynamic visual highlight. Interior:ALSO READ:Volkswagen launches updated versions of Polo, Vento ahead of Auto Expo 2016The Phideon was designed as a sporty five-seater, on the one hand appealing to dedicated self-drivers, while on the other hand being perfectly suited for use as a chauffeur-driven limousine with its generous spaciousness.The interior is thus both sporty and elegant. The dashboard and the interior architecture are designed to focus on the technical design and driving dynamics in the cockpit.The atmosphere inside the car is also made more pleasant by a wrap-around ambient light strip that can switch between three different colours.Features:The new Phideon offers excellent convenience features. For instance, the sports saloon continues the Volkswagen tradition introduced to the top segment with the Phaeton of a chassis equipped with an air suspension system, similar to the systems used by fellow Volkswagen Group brand Bentley.The Phideon is equipped with latest generation of this technology, with five individually selectable driving modes. Another new feature is the electric soft-closing system for the doors, called “Soft Close”, which harmonises perfectly with the stylish, luxurious and noiseless ambience on board.When manoeuvring, Area View – a system with four wide-angle cameras – improves all-round visibility. Other assistance systems include ACC (adaptive cruise control), Front Assist (surroundings monitoring system), Park Assist (assisted parking with automatic steering and braking), Lane Assist (camera-based lane-departure warning system), Side Assist (lane-changing assistant), the proactive occupant protection system (which tensions the safety belts and closes the windows or the sunroof) and Light Assist (which automatically dips the high beam).ALSO READ:21st Century Volkswagen Beetle has grown out of its hippie lifestyleLast but not least, the new Volkswagen is characterised by optimum connectivity. This is ensured by the latest systems provided by the integrated Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB). CarPlay (Apple) and MirrorLink (Android) can be used to integrate almost any common smartphone, using various apps to control the infotainment system.advertisementlast_img