Volkswagen’s luxury saloon, the Phaeton, now offers even more comfort and opulence for its passengers with the launch of long wheelbase versions. The new models – which have an extra 120 mm of wheelbase, translating directly into rear legroom – are on sale now, and complement the existing standard wheelbase Phaetons.
The long wheelbase (LWB) models are available with three of the four sophisticated engines available to standard wheelbase (SWB) customers. These are the 4.2-litre V8 335 PS and 6.0-litre W12 420 PS petrol units and the award-winning 5.0-litre V10 TDI 313 PS diesel. The 3.2-litre V6 241 PS power plant is offered only in SWB form.
All LWB models come with extra equipment as standard over their SWB counterparts. This includes a rear console for operation of the highly advanced, draught-free 4Zone electronic climate control system; rear side window sunblinds; and an electrically-operated sunroof and rear screen sunblind.
This comes on top of the already comprehensive equipment that is fitted to every Phaeton, with highlights including CDC (Continuous Damping Control) air suspension; ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); an ‘Infotainment’ system with 7" colour screen; and powerful Xenon headlights.
Prices for the Phaeton range start at £42,905 RRP on the road for the 3.2-litre V6, while the new LWB range begins at £54,265 RRP on the road for the 4.2-litre V8.
All are available as either four- or five-seat models.
The Phaeton was launched in the UK last summer, joining the Touareg 4x4 as part of Volkswagen’s representation in the luxury class. The vehicle was designed to set benchmark standards in its sector, surpassing its key competitors in several areas. With the addition of the new long wheelbase versions, along with the recently launched 4.2-litre V8 and 5.0-litre V10 TDI engines, it has further asserted its status as one of the world’s most advanced and capable large luxury saloons.Published 19 April 2004