Volkswagen Phaeton Plug-In Hybrid Coming In 2018?
The Volkswagen Phaeton was perhaps the best luxury car with sporting intentions ever sold in the US (for the money). The problem was, few were willing to spend $60,000 to $85,00 on a Volkswagen. $70,000 for a Volkswagen? You must be kidding. That’s mid-level Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz money for a VW.
As expected, the Phaeton tanked (pulled from U.S. market way back in 2006), but there are legions of Phaeton fans who scour the used market on a daily basis in search of a find.
Volkswagen is going to give the Phaeton a second go:
“The second generation of Volkswagen’s Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines, company sources say.”
“VW’s big sedan is expected to arrive in the U.S. for the 2018 or 2019 model year. This year, Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, confirmed that the Phaeton would return to the U.S.”
The second generation Phaeton is again expected to cost somewhere in the $60,000 and up region. Engine choices will include a V-8 TDI (turbo diesel) that generates 450 hp, a range-topping W-12 engine (like the first-gen Phaeton) and, get this, a V-6 gasoline plug-in hybrid version with 400 hp.
Sources say that the 2nd generation Phaeton has largely finished the development process and is ready to go, but VW is holding off for now since the original Phaeton has such a loyal following in some countries, especially in China.
Phaeton To Borrow Panamera S E-Hybrid Tech
It’s widely believed that the v-6 gasoline plug-in hybrid version of the next-gen Phaeton will use hardware identical to what’s found in the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid- If true, then the Phaeton PHEV would actually be the bargain PHEV “powered by Porsche.” On that alone, the Phaeton PHEV would sell.
So, bring it on Volkswagen. We’re ready to put our money down now.
Source: Automotive News