Volkswagen stopped selling the Phaeton on the US market back in 2006 simply because, priced at more than $60K, the car just wasn’t what it was meant to be. That being said, it seems the German company has improved on the flagship sedan and wants to give it one more try. The new Phaeton will go on sale as a 2011 model and will be priced at around $55k.
Spy photos shot while the Phaeton glistened and gleamed at a photo shoot reveal a new front bumper, grille, headlight-units, and re-designed taillamps in the rear. Under the hood there will be a wide range of engines with a V10 TDi motor rumored as a possibility.
After the sedan makes its world debut on the European market, the company will also analyze the possibility of getting it back to the US although it might be a tough sale considering the redesigned Mercedes Benz S-Class, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ making their grand appearances. Let’s just hope, for Volkswagen’s sake, that the new Phaeton is more car than the old model.