Volkswagen I.D. Phaeton 2022: specs and on-sale date

The next Volkswagen Phaeton will be an electric luxury car to rival the Mercedes S-Class

Volkswagen's ambitions in the luxury-car market will centre on an electric model based on the I.D. Vizzion concept from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. 

The as-yet-unnamed model will effectively pick up where the Phaeton – which was axed in 2015 – left off. Aimed at the Tesla Model S as much as the Mercedes S-Class, it’ll be the flagship model for the whole Volkswagen range, which is why the company has chosen to make it an electric model.

Despite the size of the car – more than five metres long – it'll be based on the same MEB platform as other smaller models from the I.D. family. As a result, Volkswagen will be able to sell versions of the car with a variety of different battery capacities. Four-wheel drive will be a possibility, as the platform can accommodate motors at the front and rear. 

The construction should also mean there's a huge amount of space inside – something considered by many as a luxury in itself.

However, other details are few and far between. All we know is that this I.D. will follow the five-door I.D. hatchback and I.D. Crozz SUV – which are expected to go on sale in 2020 – on to the market in 2022.