17th-Oct-2011: Volkswagen India introduced the Volkswagen Phaeton in 2010 based on the Audi A8 platform. The decision to release the Phaeton was, in part, a response to Mercedes' decision to compete directly with Volkswagen in the European marketplace with Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The auto major has made the best use of the state-of-the-art technology to bring out the exquisite design of the premium sedan. Recently the car mekar presented this piece of beauty to Gauri Khan, Directore of the upcoming action flick Ra. One. Khan is also the real life wife of Shahrukh Khan, the lead actor in the movie. The Volkswagen Phaeton offers best-in the class features with four-zone automatic climate control, air compressor suspension system and a standard four-wheel drive option. The car is equipped with excellent safety features like Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), an array of airbags for passenger and driver safety and Anti-skid resistance feature. The Phaeton provides the driver with as many as 150 different communication, information and entertainment functions. Volkswagen Phaeton comes packed with powerful 3.6L V6, 3598 (cc) petrol engine with a 6-speed Triptronic transmission system and disc brakes. Mileage of Volkswagen is very low as it travels only 8.5 kmpl of petrol. Though the Volkswagen Phaeton is a tough competition for luxury sedans like Audi A8, BMW 7 series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it is a known fact that the sales phase of the car is going lower in the scale.
Volkswagen Phaeton is a luxurious sedan car with over-the-top features like cruise control, “Climatronic” Auto air conditioning system with multi zone temperature control, air compressor suspension system, standard four motion four wheel drive option and an option to select the preferred ride type. The exteriors of Volkswagen Phaeton offer posh looks while its interiors shed elegant looks. The salon like car is packed with lots of advanced and much epicurean inner features that offer comfortable driving experience in the D+ segment sedan. Volkswagen Phaeton leaves an impression on the viewer not for lifetime, but for eternity.
Volkswagen Phaeton is by far the costliest product of VW in India. Volkswagen Group is represented by three brands in India: Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. The Volkswagen Group is completing 10 years of its India journey which began with the entry of the Skoda brand in 2001, Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. Volkswagen Phaeton, which is developed on the platform of Audi A8, is available in petrol guise with automatic transmission. It comes packed with a 3.0 Litre, V6 petrol engine with six speed Tiptronic transmission gearbox that produces 280PS of maximum power and delivers 370Nm of maximum torque. Volkswagen Phaeton is placed in a niche market to target niche audience in India.
Volkswagen Phaeton adorns all standard features that any super-luxury car ought to offer with top-notch safety measures. The interiors of this car are so comfy that one would not like to come out the car once he steps in. The sedan completely changes the definition of luxury. Many functions can be controlled with ease via switches on the 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel without taking your hands off the handcrafted leather-covered rim. The advanced safety features of Volkswagen Phaeton include an array of Airbags, active head restraint, ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), Anti-Skid System and what not. Volkswagen India claims that with Phaeton one does not get into it, but it gets over you. Phaeton creates a very spirited impression – from every angle – giving an idea of its “inner values” at first glance.
Many intelligent features make Phaeton a vehicle that is not only easy to drive but also a vehicle that thinks, helps and gives you support. For instance, there’s a radio remote control for locking and unlocking the vehicle. The “coming home” and “leaving home”
functions illuminates the surrounding area for your convenience and safety when getting in and out of the vehicle in the dark. The dynamic headlight range adjustment, speed-dependent Servotronic steering. Park distance control has barely visible sensors which give visual and audible warning signals to indicate the distance between the Phaeton and parked cars or obstacles. Only a touch of a button is needed to start the Phaeton again with the “keyless access” system that lets you open doors and start the Volkswagen Phaeton.
Volkswagen Phaeton is a stylish luxury sedan model that offers classy lineaments at the exteriors. The design of the Phaeton is characterized by high-grade materials, perfect workmanship and its elegant, unmistakable shape is fit and sturdy. The Phaeton has clear lines from the arrow-shaped bonnet and charismatic C pillar to the striking, purist rear end. At the front, the gleaming radiator grille, streamlined bumpers with chrome trim and the expressive Bi-Xenon headlights with adaptive cornering lights and headlight automatic cleaner are too good to glare at. With exterior chrome package at aggressive front look, the sedan looks grand in appearance. Muscular body colored bumper with chrome trim further add more style to its exterior appearance. The aerodynamic windshield is tinted and grand with automatic wiper. The mighty oval fog lamps feel the gravity as they are placed on the lower side of bumper. Overall the Phaeton carries a masculine fit in front resembling the toughness of an SUV.
Body-colored door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology, front and rear fog lamps, electrically heated, adjustable and fold-able door mirrors and Chrome air inlets. Chrome also surrounds the 4 power windows which can be operated by one touch up and down. Alloy Wheels in the sedan looks all the more dapper. The sun roof is electrically powered and suits the overall look of this sedan. Two chrome twin exhaust tailpipes dress the lower part of rear. Even a rear electric sun blind is given on the windshield. Below that is the roomy boot the lid of which can be operated electrically. Everything is class apart and contributes in making Volkswagen Phaeton more stylish and chic. The lustrous paint finishes used for the body sheds sparkling beauty to the passersby. However, the style is nowhere in comparison to Audi’s, Merc’s and BMW’s.
Volkswagen Phaeton is a five seater luxurious sedan model with spacious passenger room. The exterior dimensions of Volkswagen Phaeton are – its length is 5,175mm, width is 1,903mm, height is 1,450mm, wheelbase is 3,001mm. The total ground clearance is 128 mm and it weighs 2200 kg.
Volkswagen Phaeton interiors are something one can relish on. The dual tone dashboard adorns the highly advanced instrument cluster and analogue clock. The climate and temperature for each vehicle occupant’s seat can be selected independently of the other seats by Air conditioner. The air conditioner’s electronic control automatically registers all relevant factors such as the position and intensity of the sun, and outside temperature and thus controls the cooling according to every passenger’s individual comfort. Other dominating feature on dash is the multi-colour 8-inch touch screen “RNS 810” Radio Navigation System that makes for easy operation. The radio and 6-disc CD changer can also be controlled via the display. Audio files in MP3 and WMA format can be saved and played in the Infotainment Sytem. USB and high-grade I-Pod connectivity is also given along with 8 channel amplifier and 10 loudspeakers in VW Phaeton.
“Sensitive Classic Style” genuine leather upholstery is used to do the interiors. The interior appearance of Volkswagen Phaeton is elegant and impressive with leather covered multi function wood steering wheel and gear knob. The Formula 1 style gear-changing pattern in the Phaeton is given on steering wheel paddles. The “keyless access” locking and starting system enables the doors to get unlocked just by touching the door handle and car gets started without inserting key just by a touch of a button. The Memory package gets activated even if the key is in your pocket.
The front seats are provided with 18-way adjustment with memory function and the height and angle of these seats, the backrest angle, lumbar support and the distance from the instrument panel can be conveniently adjusted with the electric control unit on the outer side of the seats. The rear bench seat offers enough of space and comfort is ensured by folding centre armrest with storage compartment and integral cup holders. Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror enhances the beauty of console. Handpicked softest leather refined in the course of 40 different processes with more than 100 seams set by hand and choicest wood dress the interiors of VW Phaeton. Popular Grain Wood Décor gives this sedan a mesmerizing dreamy effect.
Comfort is something Volkswagen Phaeton is high on and can attract many buyers in India. The ultimate epitome of luxury, VW Phaeton is essentially a 5 seater sedan stuffed with lots of advanced luxury features that offers higher level of comfort and convenience during drive. Right from “Climatronic” Auto AC with multi zone temperature control, sensitive classic style leather upholstery, Cruise control, Illuminated sun visors, vanity mirror for rear passengers, rear electric sun blind and rain sensors to electric adjustable & foldable outside door mirrors, electric sunroof, telephone preparation with Bluetooth and Refrigerator in the console; every feature gives a sense of pleasure drive. The comfort quotient gets completed with front & rear Park distance control with rear view camera, Electric adjustment for rake & reach of steering, Tiptronic operation with shifting paddle right on steering wheel, Power operated boot lid and Air suspension with adjustable setting.
Volkswagen Phaeton is a four door luxurious sedan model that offers an ultra spacious passenger cabin which has the seating capacity of five passengers. The luggage box capacity of this vehicle is 500 liters. There is excellent leg room and adjustments are all electrically powered.
Volkswagen Phaeton is tamped with petrol engine of 3.6 litre capacity and 3597 cc displacement. It produces a power of 280 bhp and reaches a torque level of 370N m on all 4 wheels. The engine delivers higher acceleration so that the car can break the barrier of 100kmph mark in just 6.1 seconds and it can touch the top speed mark of about 240kmph. The mileage is not very impressive, but the overall stance of this sedan is poised.
Volkswagen Phaeton is a chic sedan with a 3.6 litre V6 petrol engine churning out a maximum power of 280 Ps at 6250 rpm and maximum torque of 370 Nm at 3500 rpm on all 4 wheels. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission for ease in driving experience. With a displacement of 3597 cc, the engine is not very frugal. It offers low mileage compared to the rivals. The fuel tank capacity of VW Phaeton is 90 litre. Overall the performance of the car is decent, not phenomenal.
Volkswagen Phaeton is available in petrol engine trim which is quite herculean with 3.6 L V6 powertrain mated to six speed automatic transmission gearbox. The engine offers mileage of 8.3 kmpl in urban traffic while on highway it will give a mileage of 12.8 kmpl. Since the engine is not very frugal, the sales of the car are not trumping much as they should have. Moreover competitors like Audi A8 offers mileage as high as 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highway. And if that seems to be comparable, BMB 7 series offers mileage of 15kmpl and 17 kmpl on city and highway respectively.
As we already discussed, Volkswagen Phaeton is available with a 3.6 litre V6 Petrol engine that delivers 280 bhp power at 6250 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The engine is developed by VW engineers to meet all possible requirements of buyers. Since the engine is mated to a six speed automatic transmission, thus ensuring maximum power. Several well thought out running gear systems in the Phaeton ensure that engine power is brought onto the road in an optimum way. For example, the standard air suspension with electronic control adapts the Phaeton exactly in line with every situation, thereby assuring the best possible road-holding. The running gear is lowered at high speeds, and raised when driving over uneven surfaces. The mighty engine is designed by the engineers so as to make to passengers reach their destination in the quickest, most efficient and comfortable manner. A Torsen differential with sensitive reaction ensures that the distribution of power to each wheel is adapted to road conditions in a fraction of a second.
Volkswagen Phaeton is much luxurious sedan which is packed with lots of luxury features. It is packed with the advanced Infotainment system (6 - CD auto-changer with DVD navigation/radio system, TV reception with teletext and 8 channel amplifiers with 10 speakers developing 190 watts) that offers best in class entertainment during journey. This audio system comes with Aux-in support so that you can connect any external device with it like iPod, Mobile phone etc.
Front brakes are ventilated and rear disc brakes are used by VW engineers in Phaeton. The sedan comes with excellent suspension which is self-leveling. The running gear is lowered at high speeds, and raised when driving over uneven surfaces by electrically powered air suspension. It recognizes and compensates for weight differences on the vehicle. The dynamic shift programmed recognizes your preferred driving style and adapts the gearshift pattern accordingly using a Tiptronic automatic gearbox. The intelligent 4MOTION all-wheel drive ensures buttery drive with more traction, even in poor weather conditions and better road holding on every surface. These features enhance the handling of this car and ensure that car will never skid out of control in case of hard braking and enhances safety.
Volkswagen Phaeton is packed with agile safety features from head to toe. Early crash sensors activate the airbags in the Phaeton precisely and in a fraction of a second. A total of eight airbags are given for safety of passengers which include two front airbags, four side airbags and two curtain airbags. The active head restraints lessen the risk of whiplash injuries. Phaeton foresees danger and electrically senses any mishap and thus be prepared to fight any accident and protect the inmates.
The advanced safety features that will be packed in Volkswagen Phaeton include the tyre pressure monitoring system and proven technologies such as ABS, ESP, front and rear fog lamps, anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, EDL, front and rear seat belts, parking sensors, ASR, TCS and rain/light sensor which are standard in a Phaeton. In the case of an accident, the windscreen wipers automatically cloak under the bonnet so that they do not present an injury risk.
Volkswagen Phaeton adorns Alloy Wheels of the specifications- 7½ J x 17 “Impression”. The tyre size is precisely 235/55 R 17 tyres. The sedan is provided with Tyre suspension monitoring system. The wheelbase of VW Phaeton is 3001 mm.
Luxurious, best in class upholstery and interiors.
Hefty Price tag, less mileage
Gauri Khan, who is the producer of the latest superhero flick, Ra.One is going to be gifted with the Volkswagen Phaeton to mark the association of the German brand with the movie. The much-hyped superhero movie is going to be released across the nation on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. The superhero character in the film Ra.One is played by none other than Shahrukh Khan who has destroyed many Volkswagens and Hyundai cars in the movie as we see in the trailers.
Despite the classy look of the sedan, Volkswagen Phaeton sales had remained dull over the past few years. However, the luxury brand envisages launching the revamped version of the sedan by 2015 according to an insider report. Codenamed as VW631, the sedan is expected to be built based on the modular longitudinal platform (MLP). Volkawagen plans to launch a hybrid version based on the 2015 revamped model in future is also reported.
This could be probably the biggest discount that any car manufacturer can offer. Volkswagen India is offering the consumers a gigantic discount of Rs 25 Lakh on its luxury sedan, Volkswagen Phaeton. The basic reason behind offering such a jaw-dropping discount is to amplify the sales of Volkswagen Phaeton as this luxury car is going through a down phase since past few months.