The Phaeton preview took the shape of a late 1990s Porsche Panamera with Audi TT-esque taillights.
Sales of the Volkswagen e-Golf have apparently been so strong overseas that VW is essentially sold out of its small electric car.
The package adds a sporty front bumper, trunk lip spoiler, and stylish touches inside the Arteon.
Active cylinder management deactivates two of the cylinders or completely shuts off the engine to save precious fuel.
The model will be built at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.