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The Volkswagen Phaeton may not have gotten much love in the States, but V-Dub's range-topping saloon has soldiered on in Europe, undergoing a series of minor tweaks since its introduction earlier this decade. For 2011, the Phaeton is finally due for a comprehensive facelift, and these newest spy shots show a new fascia is in the works.
Although the extensive camouflage doesn't give us much to work with, expect a revised grille to join more sculpted, drawn headlamps that lend some familial cohesion to the sedan. Imagine a stretched and broadened Golf and it's likely you're not too far off. Other tweaks include a reworked rear bumper and tail lamps, along with a new instrument panel, center stack and shifter arrangement. A range of powerplants will be available – possibly including a V10 or V12 TDI – and the 2011 Phaeton could debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales beginning shortly thereafter. Chances of it coming back to the U.S.: zero.

[Source: FastestCar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always liked the Phaeton myself. It's pulled off as a VW but is a full on higher class of car. There aren't many of them out there but when I do see one I always leer with a feeling of respect for the car, and a the driver too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now this is the first report I've heard that says it has no chance of being sold here. I'd like to see where they got that from, as other sites have said it has a chance.

      Anyway, isn't this pretty much all new rather than a facelift? It first went on sale in America for 2003, making it six years old already. I think a redesign is in order.

      A dignified machine that would be interesting in America when competing with the likes of the Hyundai Equus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was a nice car, but VW priced it out of its range in terms of branding. I'm glad Hyundai didn't make the same mistake with the Genesis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        i'd even say after being remined of this the $45k they had on the Taurus SHO makes sense now.

        you get prettymuch more than this VW even had for $30k less

        but the Genesis and SHO - i'd like to see a comparison of them to see how they stack up. they're both failily large adn neither will be cowned a sports sedan and I know one is RWD one is FWD bised RWD, but it's not like the Genesis is setting any records on the RWD world so I think it'd be a close call
      • 5 Years Ago
      When we got our new car we debated between and A8 and a Phaeton. Used, there are nearly no Phaetons out there, but lots of A8s. We ended up picking an A8 not because of availibility, but because when you get a luxury car, you want one that is a luxury car. The Phaeton is nice, but I like the A8 more. Namely, the aluminum body and also because the C-pillar on the Phaeton is kinda awkward.