Volkswagen Phaeton

New details about the next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton luxury sedan have emerged with suggestions that it will feature semi-autonomous driving technologies.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that the 2017 Volkswagen Phaeton will be able to drive itself at up to 60 km/h and there’s a possibility that it will include an advanced overtaking function for highway driving. Beyond the inclusion of semi-autonomous driving, the new Phaeton will reportedly make use of air suspension.

It will use a barrage of cameras and sensors which detect imperfections in the road surface ahead and adjust the suspension accordingly. This is essentially identical to the Magic Body Control system employed in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Elsewhere, sources close to Volkswagen recently confirmed that the new Phaeton will be available with a selection of different engines many of which will be quite powerful. For example, a V6 petrol plug-in hybrid model is pinned to deliver over 400 hp while a turbocharged-diesel V8 should pump out around 450 hp. At the top echelon of the engines offered will be a W12 engine.

Other details about the next-generation Phaeton remain scarce at this point. However, we do know that it will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s next-generation MLB platform. Elsewhere, the next Phaeton will likely make use of lightweight aluminium as well as a host of smaller engines to make it more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than the current car.

[Rendering via Theophilus Chin]

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