VW Unveils New Diesel Flagship

Volkswagen will introduce a new slightly face-lifted generation of its flagship Phaeton sedan in 2008, with a myriad of technical innovations and a new diesel power plant.

In order to meet the 2009 Euro-5 soot particulate standards, VW has produced a new 3.0 liter TDI V-6. This efficient new diesel engine will deliver 238 horsepower, which is a slight increase over the previous TDI. The Phaeton’s three other engine options are a 3.2 liter 240 horsepower V-6, a 4.2 liter 335 horsepower V-8, and a 6.0 liter 450 horsepower W-12. The diesel will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Several new technical features will also debut on the next Phaeton. Highlights include an upgraded DVD-based navigation system, an advanced tire pressure control system, bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming/activating high beams, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The Phaeton also has two very unique features: Front Assist and Side Assist.

Front Assist uses radar to monitor the proximity of other vehicles. If a possible collision is detected, the system begins a two-stage preparation. First, a warning and a brake adjustment occurs. Then the Stopping Distance Reduction automatically slows or stops the car.

Side Assist scans laterally when a driver is preparing to change lanes. If a car in the blind spot is detected, a warning is sent to the driver.

The entertainment system has also been improved, and the Bluetooth system will now store 1000 contacts.

Unfortunately, Volkswagen has stopped delivering the Phaeton to the United States. Sales here were slow, as American consumers seemed to have a difficult time accepting the idea of a VW priced to compete with the BMW 7-Series. There are rumors of Grey market or on-demand availability in the future.

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