Second-gen 2017 Volkswagen Phaeton digitally imagined

Volkswagen Phaeton has been on the market since 2002 with a facelift in 2007 and another one 2010.

The model is clearly in desperate need for a replacement as the mild facelifts haven’t changed the car much. The Phaeton was created with a goal to surpass the German prestige market leaders, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, as well as to support the Volkswagen brand image.

The Phaeton was intended to compete with comfort oriented big saloons like the Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS. In real world it was actually also competing probably more with Audi’s A8, which is more sport oriented, going against the BMW 7 Series.

Volkswagen has not given up on the Phaeton yet and reportedly second generation model is expected to arrive in 2017.

Next Phaeton won’t be competing with S-Class and the likes, but more with cars like Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Genesis.

The above rendering is by talented Theophilus Chin showing a potential side profile look, with no big surprises. It’s a Volkswagen!


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  • leej

    The biggest design flaw is that it says VW in various places: front, back, steering wheel et al. Doesn’t Volks Wagen mean peoples car? Not just the rich.

  • Trebor2013

    The trouble with VW is that they seem to get away with doing the minimum amount of changes from one Mk to the next Mk of cars. This new rendering already looks dated – like it should have been on sale about five years ago. Come on VW, sort it out. Stop making microscopic changes between generations, and push the boat out abit more. A little flair wouldn’t go amiss either.
    VW are losing customers to other manufacturers, all of whom seem to try harder in creating new exciting cars that actually entice people to buy them. Even Skoda and Seat (both owned by the VW group) manage to project a more exciting image. VW has lost its way, and is now viewed by many as a maker of dull, bland cars. They are no longer ‘ahead of the curve’ – that’s been taken up by the likes of Honda, Hyundai, and yes, Skoda.
    It would be nice if the next VW Golf were to look distinctly different from the current one, without having to have both models side by side to make out the small differences.
    The next Polo looks ok, but the rear end is a disaster – dated, messy looking. What’s with the poor styling for the back?