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Often overlooked by customers shopping for a luxury sedan, the Volkswagen Phaeton is best described as underrated. Despite having an array of technology on board – besting even some of its more popular rivals – the Phaeton struggles to register any sign of interest in all but the most discerning of drivers.

All that is about to change, if reports by Auto Motor und Sport are correct. The next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton – due to arrive at the tail end of 2016 – will be the “the most comfortable car in its segment.” As a stark reminder, rivals include the Audi A8, Lexus LS, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Technical specifications are sketchy but it is reported that the Phaeton will arrive with an air suspension setup that employs an array of cameras and sensors to scan the road ahead before making the necessary adjustments to ensure an unperturbed journey. A semi-autonomous feature is also rumoured to be available.

The Volkswagen Phaeton was actually offered in Malaysia at a competitively-priced RM638,888 in V8 non-FSI form. Specs for the Phaeton included a 335 PS/430 Nm figure courtesy of a 4.2 litre, V8 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear, providing a 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Phaeton in Malaysia