At the forthcoming edition of Auto China motor fair in Beijing (27th April to 2nd May), Volkswagen, the renowned German-based car manufacturer will unleash publicly its all-new 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton. Regarded as one of the most elegant and comfortable luxury rides on the market, the new Phaeton comes just few months after the unveiling of the also stunning 2011 Audi A8 luxury sedan.

The new 2011 Phaeton will feature four-wheel drive and air suspension as standard, its exterior is styled in the latest Volkswagen design DNA developed by Walter de Silva, the group's Italian chief designer. At the first glance, the car is undoubtedly shaped with broader and more powerful appearance characterised by fully re-modified front, rear and side sections.

In addition to the sharper and bolder styling, the high-end ride also packs new, innovative technical features: Dynamic Light Assist (camera-based dynamic main beam regulation) , navigation system with Google maps integration, optional front camera and touchscreen centre console with system that recognises and depict "no overtaking" signs.

The Phaeton will be available with a choice of two wheelbase options, two rear bench versions (three seats / two individual seats) and four powerplants (a turbo diesel and three petrol engines). The six, eight and twelve-cylinder power units perform in the range from 240 horsepower (176 kW) to 450 horsepower (331 kW). The standard energy source fitted in the 2011 VW Phaeton is a V6 petrol engine delivering 280 horsepower (206 kW). Above the V6 FSI unit, VW is offering a V8 and a W12 petrol engine, rendering 335 horsepower (246 kW) and 450 horsepower (331 kW) respectively. On the diesel front, the Germans are offering an extremely frugal and smooth-running V6 TDI, which in Europe is the most frequently selected engine for this car - 240 horsepower (176 kW).

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