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Volkswagen Phaeton (Germany, 2002-present)

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Review

The first generation Phaeton is manufactured by Volkswagen as premium class vehicle since 2002 and marketed worldwide.

In 2009 the exterior and interior of the Phaeton received a minor facelift. A new FSI V6 petrol engine with 206 kW / 280 PS was also added to the range.

The Phaeton was again reviewed in 2011 and presented at the Beijing Motor Show. It received a new front fascia in line with the current Volkswagen design.



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2010 Update

Volkswagen showed at Auto China 2010, in Beijing, a facelifted Phaeton. The model is one of the company’s flagships to continue its success in Europe and China.

 

Engine and Performance Updates

Available in a choice between two different wheelbases, two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats), the Phaeton has a range of four engines: a turbo diesel and three petrol engines.

The Phaeton V6 petrol engine is the standard drive unit with an output of 280 PS. The petrol engine range is completed with a V8 and a W12 petrol engine, which deliver 246 kW / 335 PS and 331 kW / 450 PS respectively.

As for the diesel engine it is a V6 TDI, frequently used in Europe, a turbocharged common rail direct injection engine that produces a maximum power of 240 PS and enables the Phaeton to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 237 km/h. As for its fuel consumption, in this case the Phaeton spends 8.5 litres per 100 km, which corresponds to 224 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Design Updates

Developed by Walter de Silva, the group’s Italian chief designer, the 2011 Phaeton follows Volkswagen’s design DNA. The Phaeton has received several changes, with the front section as the centre piece. The form of the model is dominated by the horizontal lines that can be spotted in the front grille. The horizontal connection of grille and headlights, part of Volkswagen’s design criteria, accentuates the vehicle’s width.

Also keeping together with the design DNA of the German brand is the front bumper that also features the same horizontal lines fond in the grille and the headlamps. The fog lamps have been designed as narrow, horizontal LED strips and finally the bottom final section of the bumper is colour-coordinated with the car body.

The back of the car has received some changes although the brand opted here to maintain the classic back style of the model. Changes have been made with the development of new LED rear light clusters, featuring dotted lights and an M-shaped LED strip.

As it happened at the front of the car, the rear bumper has undergone a redesign receiving a three-piece chrome bar. The section of the bumper trim near the road is now also colour-coordinated with the car body.

Interior Updates

As for its interior the Phaeton is an elegant, high quality and comfortable vehicle from the entire premium class. The limousine can be extensively personalized with a wide range of leather, alcantara and wood trim. The personalization continues thanks to the optional equipment such as a fridge or multimedia systems from Volkswagen Exclusive.



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New Phaeton 2015?

In autumn 2011, reports surfaced that a new Volkswagen Phaeton is coming in 2015. The car would be based on forth-coming Audi architecture and might have a plug-in hybrid option.

Since the model has not exactly been a sales success, a second generation would rather come as a surprise. It sells only about 6,000 cars annually.



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