Today, Volkswagen has revealed what the second generation Phaeton could have looked like, if the company had actually released it. The Phaeton D2, as it was known was originally intended to replace the original Phaeton which was released back in 2002.

However, Volkswagen decided to kill off the project in 2016 due to the company needing to focus on electric cars. Volkswagen now has an ever growing range of all electric ID models with the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID Buzz which is upcoming.

In the official images released by Volkswagen today, we can see a final drivable prototype that was made to make the final decision to put the car into production. Obviously, this was left on the drawing board. The car would have used the VW Group MLB platform, which is used on cars such as the Porsche Macan, Audi A7 and Audi A5.

On the outside is a large chrome grille, with even more chrome round the side. When compared to the first generation Phaeton, everything is definitely more rounded, with a much sharper design around the rear.

Inside is a screen setup akin to the Volkswagen Touareg, with a curved display facing the driver. The steering wheel design is of the time however, with the black surround on the VW logo.