2011 Volkswagen Phaeton unveils in Beijing

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Today, the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show. This is the third facelift that Volkswagen had done with the Phaeton since its debut in 2003. In the China Mercedes S-Class dominated market, can the VW Phaeton’s new facelift become “the people’s car?” Lets hope so or else it will be trampling under “the people’s feet.”

In the new 2011 VW Phaeton, the most dramatic change was done to the front end with new LED running lights and the new VW’s unique grille. In the technological arena, the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton comes with Google Maps-enabled sat-nav, variable headlights, road sign recognition and a four-zone climate control system.

The new 2011 VW Phaeton comes with two wheelbase options, two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats) and four engines (a turbo diesel and three gasoline engines). The six, eight and twelve-cylinder engines range in capacity from 236 horsepower to 444 horsepower. The standard drive unit used in the Phaeton is a V6 gasoline engine producing 276 horsepower. Also, there are V8 and a W12 gasoline engines, delivering 330 horsepower and 444 horsepower respectively.

On the diesel front, Volkswagen is offering the V6 TDI. The turbocharged common rail direct injection engine delivers 236 horsepower and accelerates the Phaeton V6 from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.6 seconds. And fuel consumption that has now been reduced to just 27.7 miles per gallon (equating to 224 g/km CO2).

The new 2011 VW Phaeton will also be later introduce in the North American market to compete with other big sedans such as the Hyundai Equus, Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, and Lexus LS. And already, the slices of the pie is getting thinner in this full-sized sedan segment.