The facelifted Volkswagen Phaeton was launched at the recent Auto China 2010. The initial images were typical studio photos and now VW has released a gallery of the Phaeton in action on location in China, where the brand’s flagship is expected to do well. It will be launched in Europe this month while China will get it in August.

The refreshed limo will come with a choice of four engines. The base V6 FSI engine produces 280 PS, while the V8 and the top line W12 produce 335 PS and 450 PS respectively. The 240 PS V6 TDI model sips diesel at a slow rate of 8.5-9.0 litres/100 km.

The front end design has been brought in line with VW’s current look and it features more chrome than before. New bi-xenons and LED driving lamps, indicators and fog lights bring more flash to equation, making it look much more eye catching than the plain Jane look of old. Not much has been changed at the back apart from the smoked out LED tailights and a modified back bumper.

Among the new features are Dynamic Light Assist (camera-based dynamic main beam control) and a navigation system that uses Google Maps’ satellite view. Other nifty gadgets include an optional front camera that recognises traffic signs and speed limit signs, displaying them on the instrument cluster. This will also be the first system in the world to recognise and display no passing zone markings.

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