Spy Shots: Volkswagen Phideon naked on the Road in China
Published on March 9, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
Spectacular Spy Shots showing the all-new Volkswagen Phideon sedan naked on the road in China. The Phideon debuted earlier this week on the Geneva Motor Show but it will only be sold on the Chinese market, starting in September. It is the production version of the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept.
The Shanghai-Volkswagen badge on the left. The Phideon name under the Volkswagen logo.
The Phideon will be manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. It will be positioned between the Volkswagen Passat/Megotan and the Volkswagen Phaeton. It stands on the same stretched version of the MLB 2 platform as the China-made Audi A6L.
The Phideon will be powered a 3.0 TSI V6 petrol with an output of 300hp and 440nm, sending power to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4Motion 4WD system. Later on 2.0 TSI and a hybrid will join the line-up too.
Price for the V6 version will start around 350.000 yuan and end around 400.000 yuan, the 2.0 version will start around 320.000 yuan.
For comparison, the China-made Audi A6L with the 272hp 3.0 TSI costs 520.000 yuan. Price of the China-made Passat/Megotan twin starts at 190.000 and ends at 340.000 yuan. The imported Phaeton goes from 760.000 to 1.88 million yuan.
Rear lights and pipes look very good.
In Geneva. The Phideon name comes from the Roman goddess Fides, and symbolizes (according to Volkswagen marketing-speak) ‘perfection, elegance, and and trustworthiness’. Note the aerodynamic mirrors that wouldn’t be out of place on an Audi R8.
Beautiful line from the front lights all the way to the rear end. Subtle spoiler in the boot lid.