Next Volkswagen Phaeton will be targeted towards U.S., hybrid variant in the works

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton

Many of you may be wondering why Volkswagen recently gave the Phaeton a minor facelift instead of redesigning the full-size sedan completely. Well, according to latest reports from Europe, Volkswagen is planning to change its ambitions for the Phaeton.

Instead of aiming for the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volkswagen will tailor the next-generation Phaeton for the United States and China. The next-generation model will get a new platform with styling and mechanicals that will be targeted towards the U.S. market.

“There”s no doubt that the Phaeton absolutely has to go back to the US,” an insider told AutoCar. “This is being reflected in the next version. It will look much more like a car for America.” That”s likely to mean a slight increase in size and far more ostentatious styling than the current, ultra-conservative look.

Besides a V6, V8 and V12 version, Volkswagen is also considering a hybrid Phaeton that will use the same setup as the new Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid.

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar