Next-gen Volkswagen Phaeton to get pure electric version – official image

Volkswagen is now releasing the first details with the new generation of the Phaeton, which is still a few years away from meeting its future customers.

Caught in the middle of the “dieselgate” scandal, Volkswagen is currently trying to get people focused on something else, like the new generation of the Phaeton. The flagship model has been officially announced by the German based automaker and it will be coming with a pure electric version, by the end of the decade.

“The Volkswagen Phaeton has embodied the brand’s technological competence and brand ambition from the first generation onward. The future generation of the Phaeton will once again be the flagship for the brand’s profile over the next decade. In light of this, the Board of Management redefined the current project. The specification features a pure electric drive with long-distance capability, connectivity and next-generation assistance systems as well as an emotional design”, says the automaker in its press release.

The upcoming Volkswagen Phaeton will continue to be the flagship and the full-sized sedan is expected to be introduced sometimes in 2018, but don’t act too surprised if you will see it even closer to 2020. The model in question will become a direct successor to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series and it has plans of becoming more comfortable than the vehicle signed by the 3-pointed star. This may also get a semi-autonomous driving system, which will be working at speeds close to 60 km/h (37 mph). Exactly how much this will have in common with the new Audi A8 is not known at this point, but expect a lot.