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2011 Volkswagen Phaeton facelift revealed


The Volkswagen Phaeton luxury limousine has been somewhat of a failed experiment for the German company, at least in Europe or the USA. In Asia though, the flagship model is scoring some impressive sales, recession be damned.

As such, the German company decided to showcase the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton facelift at this week’s Beijing Motor Show, taking place in the Chinese capital. As you can see above, the new Phaeton received a refreshed look, in line with the new design line for VW models.

LED lights dominate the front headlamps, while a chromed grille surrounds the VW logo. The rear of the flagship sedan has also been restyled to inspire more personality than the older and dull one. LED technology has also been used on the taillights.


On the inside, new features were added for luxury lovers. From the posh Alcantara, leather and wood inserts to the fully-adjustable power seats, both the driver and the passengers are going to feel quite pampered. The navigation system has now received Google Maps connectivity and will also detect road signs, letting the driver know the current speed limits or whether or not overtaking is allowed.

The 2011 VW Phaeton also boasts its wide array of sensors that scan 164 feet (50 meters) back and 12 feet (3.6 meters) on each side and lets the driver know is maneuvering the car or changing lanes is safe.


In terms of engines, the new Phaeton will offer a 240 HP 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel, as well as few gasoline units: a 260 HP 3.6-liter V6, a 335 HP 4.2-liter V8 and a 450 HP 6.0-liter W12 engine, the latter being reserved for the long wheelbase edition.

Overall, the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton is looking good, but judging from the lackluster response to the current edition, it will only have fans in Asia. The car will hit the market this fall.

Source: Volkswagen