The 2010 Volkswagen Phaeton

The 2010 Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen first revealed the Phaeton in 2002; it is their premium class vehicle and is a full size luxury saloon. The Phaeton had a massive task in its hand; it was up against established models from BMW and Mercedes. VW wanted the Phaeton to surpass all competition and help build the premium brand image for Volkswagen.

In the VW Group stable there was already a premium executive saloon, the Audi A8, so what is the need for the Phaeton? Well it was intended to be more of a limousine like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, while the A8 and BMW 7 Series are more sport-oriented.

The new face comprises bi-xenon headlight units with LED running lights which frame a more imposing front grille above a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED fog lights. Newly designed rear light units sit above a revised bumper, while new alloy wheel designs complete the exterior changes.

On the inside the new Phaeton comes with a full colour display within the instrument cluster. The RNS 810 satellite navigation system is fitted as standard which, for the first in a Volkswagen, can be chosen with optional Google Maps. The smallest engine in the range is 3.0 litre V6 TDi with 240PS, the largest is the 6.0 litre W12 with 450PS. All models are available in short and long wheel base formats.

In the VW Group stable there was already a premium executive saloon, the Audi A8, so what is the need for the Phaeton? Well it was intended to be more of a limousine like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, while the A8 and BMW 7 Series are more sport-oriented.

The new face comprises bi-xenon headlight units with LED running lights which frame a more imposing front grille above a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED fog lights. Newly designed rear light units sit above a revised bumper, while new alloy wheel designs complete the exterior changes.

On the inside the new Phaeton comes with a full colour display within the instrument cluster. The RNS 810 satellite navigation system is fitted as standard which, for the first in a Volkswagen, can be chosen with optional Google Maps. The smallest engine in the range is 3.0 litre V6 TDi with 240PS, the largest is the 6.0 litre W12 with 450PS. All models are available in short and long wheel base formats.

In 2010 VW released the updated Phaeton; it was available later that year.

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