Volkswagen Phideon 2016Volkswagen is showing an all-new luxury saloon called Phideon at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show – although isn’t a surprise early appearance of the all-new Phaeton, but a large luxury new model for the Chinese market.

Developed in Germany in collaboration with its Chinese car partner SAIC Volkswagen, the five-metre-long Phideon will launch in autumn 2016. It’ll be positioned above the Passat and Chinese-market Magotan.

It also won’t be coming to Europe.

Volkswagen Phideon 2016

Offered with an all-petrol TSI engine range, Volkswagen’s revealing it at Geneva in top-spec 300hp 3.0 TSI 4MOTION guise, although the 2.0 TSI is expected to sell best. There’ll also be a plug-in hybrid version.

It’s based on the MLB platform, the first Volkswagen to use it. This platform is also seen in models such as the new Audi Q7 and latest A4.

Like how it looks? Hope so: the Phideon debuts the new face of Volkswagen’s luxury saloons. Although it’s not the new Phaeton, the new Phaeton may look not dissimilar to this when it launches towards the end of the decade.

Two of the four chrome bars in the grille frame the headlights, while the grille itself is, says, Volkswagen, wide and comparatively high. Grille, headlights and LED running lights all combine to form a ‘face’, apparently.

Volkswagen Phideon 2016

Dimensions are interesting: it’s 5.05 metres long (and a stonking 1.87 metres wide) – but despite this length, it also has ultra-short front and rear overhangs. That’s because the wheelbase is more than three metres long, which should make it extremely roomy within, particularly in the rear.

Check out how long the doors are as a result…

Rather bizarrely, Volkswagen insists the Phideon name is a phonetic reference to Fides. Who? Why, the Roman goddess of fidelity.