An all-electric variant of the next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton is on the cards and set to rival the Tesla Model S.
Despite Volkswagen’s ongoing diesel emissions scandal, the German marque recently announced that the next-gen Phaeton project would survive despite model cutbacks. Autocar reports that the purely electric model will also include a selection of advanced connectivity and assistance systems alongside an impressive electric range.
Importantly, it is reported that the electric Phaeton will borrow its drive system, batteries and platform architecture from the impending Q6 e-tron. In the Q e-tron, that system consisting of two electric motors driving the rear wheels as well as a single electric motor powering the front wheels, resulting in a total of 429 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.
At this stage, it remains to be seen if these figures will be identical in the Phaeton but there’s a good chance the powertrain will go unchanged.