Volkswagen has upgraded the specification of the Phaeton with a new TDI engine and a range of technical innovations. The luxury saloon now features a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel, making it one of the few car engines worldwide to fulfill the Euro 5 emission standards that will take effect from 2009.
It now has an acceleration to 100 km/h or 62 mph in 8.4 seconds, with a top speed of 236 km/h. Production began in May and the car is will be available in the European market this summer.
Other new features Phaeton have are chrome accent strips in the front apron area, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights. New-style 19 inch alloy wheels are also fitted and the navigation system is equipped with DVD support.
The car’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system has also been upgraded with a front and back scanning system, monitoring the distance between vehicles in front and behind, at the same time warns the driver if needed. This system also prepares the car for possible hard or emergency braking.