More images of a refreshed 2011Phaeton hit the Web today courtesy of Volkswagen's European media site. Though already poked and prodded under the 2010 Beijing Auto Show's bright lights, the images show the brand's biggest, luxury-oriented sedan in some real world (and highly Photoshopped) settings.
The now rest-of-the-world-only Phaeton was sold in the U.S. from 2004 to 2006. During that time, dealers were hard pressed to find American buyers willing to trade in their Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, or BMW rides for a hefty VW. In Europe and other major regions like China, the car is highly regarded as a capable and comfortably cruiser, on par in quality and luxury with the best in the segment.
Inside, the sedan coddles passengers with cushy leather, wood, and aluminum accents.
Euro-spec variants can arrive with four engines: 3.6-liter V-6 (280 hp), 4.2-liter V-8 (335 hp), 6.0-liter W-12 (450 hp), and 3.0-liter V-6 turbo diesel (240-hp).
Of course, we can't end a Phaeton post without posing the obvious question: Should it come back to the U.S.?
Would the Phaeton have the Mercedes-Benz S Class, Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS, and Hyundai Equus running scared?