Updated VW Phateon goes on sale

Volkswagen's updated Phaeton is now on sale with prices starting at £46,195 for the entry 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 240bhp which is expected to be the more popular model. The other choice is the immense 6.0-litre W12 engine with 450bhp that costs are rather more hefty £78,685.

The 3.0-litre V6 TDI is available with a standard wheelbase and both models are available with a long wheelbase, giving an additional 120 mm of legroom to rear passengers. The revised Phaeton features a reprofiled front end which mirrors the design of the 'new' Passat unveiled this week at the Paris Motor Show. It includes xenon headlights 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.

Inside the cabin, new trim finishes are complemented by a new multifunction steering wheel and 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. Other entertainment options include the 1000-watt Dynaudio soundpack which includes a 12 channel digital amplifier and 12 speakers.

All new Phaeton models continue to offer comprehensive safety and security equipment as standard with 4MOTION four-wheel drive, eight airbags and laminated glass. Other standard equipment includes Continuous Damping Control (CDC) adjustable air suspension, leather upholstery, 18-way adjustable electric seats and one of the most advanced air conditioning systems in the world.

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