Volkswagen Premieres the Goddess of Fidelity “Phideon” at the Geneva Motor Show
Volkswagen Phideon luxury saloon is currently making a Geneva Motor Show world premiere. Although it is being premiered in Europe, it is actually created for the Chinese market, where it will be positioned between the Passat and the Magotan. It will be launched there by the end of the year. Why this debut is so important? Because the Phideon actually carries the new "face" of Volkswagen's luxury saloons.
The design of the Phideon might look similar to this of the C Coupe GTE Concept car and the reason for this is that the first was actually derived from the concept that was presented at Auto Shanghai last year. As a matter of fact, it features only minor changes. In terms of techniques, the Phideon is based on the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB) being the first VW to be based on such. In addition, the luxury saloon is also the first Volkswagen model to be equipped with camera-based night vision system.
One might also ask, what does the name Phideon stand for? Volkswagen did respond to this question philosophically, stating that the name "is a construct standing for elegance and reliability, and phonetically and symbolically evokes Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity".
The TSI Engines
The presented at the show top-of-the-range model is equipped with the most powerful turbocharged direct injection 3.0 V6 TSI 4MOTION engine, which produces up to 300 PS (220 kW) and drives the four wheels. The torque is measured at 440 Nm (324 lb-ft).
There are also two drivetrains to be featured in the future. The first one is the available 2.0 TSI with a front-wheel drive, while the second is a plug-in hybrid. No details were additionally mentioned, regarding torque and horsepower.
The Exterior Design
The exterior of the Phideon coems with sporty proportions. Precisely, it is 5.05 metres long, 1.87 metres wide and 1.48 metres high. The most important thing about the design is the "new face", which will be applied to other VW's future high-end saloons. It includes bonnet with sharp contours, wide and comparatively high radiator grille with four chrome bars, two chrome-plated crossbars framing the dual LED headlights and LED DRLs.
The profile is characterised by a character line formed by two lines, large wheel arches and the huge alloy wheels, which were derived directly from the C Coupé GTE. At last, the rear section I powerful and mimics the front end. It is too dominated by a horizontal division of the surfaces, accentuating the car's width, LED rear lights and a stainless steel exhaust tailpipes.
Luxurious and Modern Interior
The sporty five-seater is spacious and comfortable inside. The dashboard and the overall interior design are focused on the technical aspects and driving dynamics, which allows for better driving experience. In terms of luxury, the car is equipped with luxurious seats that are electrically adjusted and include individual settings, have integrated seat ventilation and heating as well as a massage function. The wrap-around ambient light strip that can switch between three different colors adds to the ambient atmosphere.
The High-End Technologies
These include convenience and driver assistance systems like the air suspension system, five individually selectable driving modes, electric soft-closing system for the doors, called "Soft Close" and the MLB assistance systems like Area View, Park Assist, Side Assist, etc.
At last, we must say that we hope Volkswagen to introduce this limousine soon in other countries except China.