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Originally Posted by LeftLaneNews
Our previous attempts at capturing the upcoming 2011 VW Phaeton flagship sedan were foiled by camouflage, but our most recent photos show the Phaeton in its full glory. Our spy photographers managed to capture this hulking sedan in the midst of a late night VW photoshoot.
As you can tell from our most recent photos, compared to the current European model, the next Phaeton will get a new front bumper, grille and headlight-units. In back, changes appear limited to slightly re-designed taillamps. Although no major departure from previous design language is present, it does get a touch-up in virtually every areas.
There were rumors of a large V10 TDi motor for the Phaeton, but so far we don’t have any solid evidence of that.
Although the Phaeton’s main testing has taken place on European soil, it remains possible that the refreshed sedan could wind up in U.S. showrooms. VW executives are said to be keen on the Phaeton’s return to the U.S. market as the revised version of the car has seen tremendous sales success in the European market.
The VW Phaeton was last sold in the U.S. for the 2006 model year but VW was forced to pull the plug on the Phaeton after the U.S. market failed to embrace a $60,000+ VW model, selling only a couple thousand units in two years.
VW has said that the next Phaeton would ride on a slightly shorter platform than the Audi A8, and will have a price tag around $55,000.
Originally Posted by AutoBlog
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And then again. That could very well sum up Volkswagen's strategy with its quizzical Phaeton. The flagship sedan – which took "the people's car" up-market into Mercedes S-Class territory – was introduced in 2003, then underwent a facelift in 2009 and has now undergone yet another.
The most immediately evident change is the new front end, bearing LED running lights and the brand's ubiquitous new grille. But that's not the end of the changes to the Phaeton for MY2011. As befits a car in this category, the Phaeton comes packed with tech, including Google Maps-enabled sat-nav, variable headlights, road sign recognition and a four-zone climate control system, all interconnected by some two miles worth of cable.
Buyers can choose from standard wheelbase or long, four (adjustable) seats or five, four engines (diesel six and gasoline six, eight or twelve)... the list goes on, but they're all driven through VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Most pertinently, the new Phaeton is anticipated to mark the model's return to the North American market to take on another humble-badged full-size luxury sedan in the Hyundai Equus, never mind the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS...well, you get the point.
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