Flagship sedan Volkswagen Phaeton was shown back in 2002. Since then the car has twice undergone restyling (2007 and 2010), but none of them could make the model popular – since its sales were twice lower than planned, and the company loses on each Phaeton sold 28,000 euros.
2017 Volkswagen Phaeton another delay
In the summer of 2013, Bloomberg reported that the German automaker is preparing a Volkswagen Phaeton 2nd generation, pre-production version of which was going to show at the motor show in Detroit 2014 with the aim of studying the reactions of potential buyers. Production of new items planned for 2015, and now the date of the debut postponed to 2017-2018.
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2017 Volkswagen Phaeton specs
It is expected that the new 2017 Volkswagen Phaeton II will take a modular platform MLB from Audi A8 (D4) that will make the sedan lighter and to adapt an even wider range of powertrains, including “four’s” and a hybrid power plant. Also the manufacturer has confirmed all-electric modification of the sedan with a large power reserve, but no details are disclosed.
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2017 Volkswagen Phaeton redesign concept
In addition, the design of the Volkswagen Phaeton 2 was supposed to be the starting point of the modified corporate identity, which was planned to be used on other models of the brand.
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2017 Volkswagen Phaeton pricing
Finally, the company decided to review the 2017 VW Phaeton II pricing policy so that its value was between the Audi models A6 and A8. All of this was to stir up interest in the car and help increase demand.
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2017 Volkswagen Phaeton release date
It became known that the new Phaeton delayed again, this time on uncertain time. The company never intend to abandon the flagship, but the entire Department tasked to make the project at least break even. Only the decisions to implement this plan are still not found.
On the Internet appeared for more information regarding the Volkswagen Phaeton new generation market introduction. German edition Auto Motor und Sport told their readers that a fully updated luxury sedan, which hits the market in late 2017 or starting 2018, to be “the most comfortable in its class”.
Release date: late 2017 – 2018
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2017 Volkswagen Phaeton equipment
On the machine today we know very little. Journalists from the German publications claim the new VW Phaeton will get a sport air suspension, equipped with cameras and sensors that monitor the slightest irregularities of the roadway. The latter will transmit the relevant data of an electronic brain, which, in turn, will adjust the suspension to perform the main task – soft riding and, respectively, maximum comfort for passengers.
2017 Volkswagen Phaeton will receive autopilot
According to rumors, Volkswagen Phaeton 2017 will be equipped with a system of autonomous control (or rather, semi-independent), which will allow VW Phaeton to navigate on the road (at speeds not exceeding 40 mph). It will not only be able to choose a route and to follow a given direction, but even to overtake other (slower) vehicles.
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