The Volkswagen Phaeton will return to the U.S., but it won’t be any time soon as earlier reports had suggested.
According to company sources in an interview with Car and Driver, the Phaeton will return to America but the German automaker is not in a hurry to do so. Rumors of it being unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show have been debunked and the next-generation Phaeton won’t make an appearance until late 2014 or 2015 before coming to market as a 2016 model.
The Phaeton was originally discontinued in the U.S. market after poor sales in 2006, but the second generation Phaeton will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform to help cut costs. Likely engines include a turbocharged VR6, a turbo V8, a V6 turbo-diesel and a possible hybrid variant. It’s unlikely that the next VW flagship will be powered by the W12 engine found in Bentley models. Previous Phaetons were offered with a W12.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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