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Volkswagen Phideon Suits Up for China, Bringing German Tech and Luxury

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Volkswagen PHIDEON luxury sedan

The Volkswagen Phaeton may have failed in North America, especially the United States, but that doesn’t mean car buyers elsewhere around the world don’t like it. In China, where Volkswagen is a household name, the German automaker has introduced another large luxury sedan — the Phideon — that it knows will sell respectably well.

Positioned above the Passat and the Magotan in the large East Asian market, the Phideon is the first Volkswagen to be based on the company’s new Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB) platform and measures 197 inches (5.05 meters) long, 73.6 inches (1.87 meters) wide, and 58.3 inches (1.48 meters) tall. It’s essentially a long-wheelbase Phaeton with some notable upgrades.

VW design boss Klaus Bischoff described the exterior styling as follows:

“The new Phideon, with its equally powerful and charismatic front end, its flowing and yet precisely drawn lines and the exceedingly dynamic proportions, exudes premium style, while the Phideon’s progressive design corresponds to the high level of its technical innovations.”

Long doors equipped with an electric soft-closing system provide access to a modern, tech-laden interior that can be equipped with electrically-adjustable heated seats with ventilation and massaging functions, a head-up display, and three-color ambient lighting, among many other features.

The German automaker’s latest infotainment system is also part of the options list and supports MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing owners to connect their smartphones and access various vehicle functions using the car’s touchscreen.

The Phideon will initially be offered with a 3.0L V6 that produces 296 horsepower (300 PS) and 347 lb-ft. of torque, divided between all four wheels via VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive. A 2.0L turbocharged model with front-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid will be made available later on.

Included in the long list of driving aids are adaptive cruise control (ACC); front, side, lane, and light assistants; and a night vision system.

Although made specifically for China, the PHIDEON was actually developed and designed in Germany, meaning there is a chance it could be offered in other world markets. Do you want it in your country?

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Next Lexus IS Might Use The Same BMW Engine As Supra

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2017 Lexus IS Sports Sedan, Blue

Engineers are implanting a BMW heart into the Japanese sports sedan.

A new report coming out of Japan states that the next-generation Lexus IS will get the same BMW-sourced inline six-cylinder engine as new Toyota Supra.

According , the 3.0L V6, which produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque in the Supra, will be part of an engine lineup that also includes a 2.0L turbo, a 2.4L turbo, and/or a 2.5L hybrid powertrain depending on region.

It can also be found in the latest Z4 as well as the IS’s natural rival, the BMW M340i.

The next-generation IS is unlikely to change in size but will weigh less, topping the scale at approximately 3,395 lbs compared to the current IS’ 3,737 lbs.

Finally, the Japanese car magazine claims the IS F will make a return packing a variation of the in-house twin-turbo V6 found under the hood of the popular LS 500.

Lexus has not confirmed when the next-generation IS will debut, but there have been rumors that it could arrive in 2020.

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Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?

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Stelvio might be getting a little brother.

Alfa Romeo will reportedly release a brand-new crossover that slots below the Stelvio compact crossover.

Sources famaliar with the vehicle revealed to Greece’s that the model will ride on a model-specific version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the aforementioned Stelvio and the Giulia, meaning it will be rear-wheel drive or, optionally, all-wheel drive.

Power will likely come from a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and, as unlikely as it might be for the small crossover segment, possibly a V6.

A sub-Stelvio crossover was a centerpiece of the five-year product plan Alfa Romeo presented in June 2018, so this is more than just a rumor. In fact, previous reports claim it will share platforms with either the Jeep Renegade or Compass rather than with the Stelvio.

If designed and built right, the little Italian high-rider could become the company’s best-seller, and releasing it as quickly as possible would help the company reach its goal of selling 400,000 cars annually by 2022.

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Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title

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New Bentley Bentayga Speed, fastest SUV

The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.

Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.

The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.

It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.

In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.

Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.

The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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