VW debuted the latest iteration of their Phaeton model luxury car and it’s truly a visual improvement. Visitors to the Beijing Auto Show were lucky enough to lay eyes on the redesigned front end, accents, and new interior trim accents.
Performance wise the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton will offer 2 different engine types, including a V6 Diesel engine capable of 240 horsepower and a V12 6.0 liter gasoline engine. Unfortunately for the US market this newly revamped VW model will not be offered, the Phaeton was a failure in the US, mainly due to it’s high price tag and VW badging. Most analysts felt that US consumers were not interested in spending $40,000 plus on a plain looking automobile.
Personally I love the new looks of the 2011 Phaeton and this may tempt enough buyers to increase it’s popularity in Europe and eventually make it’s way back to US shores. The rear end looks sporty, with rectangular exhaust tips and although the front is missing the big mouth bumper it does look functional. I can only imagine what the massive radiator for the 6 liter would look like hiding behind the front bumpers vents.
As for the interior, plenty of leather is on hand and the available trim makes it look just as luxury filled as any other competitors car on the market. In my eyes the only short coming of the 2011 Phaeton is it’s profile resemblance to an older Ford Taurus. There just isn’t anything from the side that hints at luxury or performance, no raked look, only a large cabin space. Perhaps by the time the Phaeton makes it back to the US they will have fixed this lack luster design flaw.