2023 Volkswagen Phaeton – If people are thinking of Volkswagen when they think of Volkswagen, they tend to go to the famous Golf. This is logical also, since that it’s a historical car that was the first to introduce the concept of the “hot hatch. But, few people would think of ultra-luxury cars when they think of VW. Unfortunately, that’s why the ultra-shy Phaeton failed and won’t be making an appearance. The platform and engine shared the platform and engine with specific Bentley models. After receiving the ax from Volkswagen following the model year. While it was not available in North America, it continued existence in other markets up to 2014. However, the Phaeton ended up coming at the close of its life. But that however didn’t keep Volkswagen from coming up with a new generation, however.
Volkswagen published a couple of images of its D2 Volkswagen Phaeton inside an announcement in the press. However, the press release doesn’t reveal the launch of the 2023 Volkswagen Phaeton. Instead, it’s an unveiling of the actual prototype of the next-generation Phaeton prior to its demise. The company shared these photos in the event that 2022 is 20 years old since the debut of the first version. “The car still has a very attractive appearance and beautiful proportions, and it impresses with its tangible high quality and value,” said Jozef Kaban, head of Volkswagen Design.
2023 Volkswagen Phaeton Release Date & Price
Although it’s true that this Phaeton prototype is only a couple of decades old, this prototype provides an idea of what it would look like if a 2023 Volkswagen Phaeton would look like should it be the real thing. Unfortunately, the sales of this car for the vehicle in North America were so minimal that Volkswagen ended sales of these huge beautiful cars after only two years of being on the market. The Phaeton enjoyed huge success in China but it did not have the same success in other countries. This could be because of its large wheelbase and its low cost relative to other luxury models such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S Class.
Naturally, considering that Volkswagen is the parent company behind Bentley, Lamborghini, and Audi there’s plenty of luxury flowing across this VW bloodwork. It’s strange to find a luxurious car with VW logos. This is probably the reason why North American customers avoid buying these vehicles. As per Auto Trader, the price of W12 models within the U.S. was $95,600, which is equivalent to 148,000 dollars in 2022 dollars.
It was certainly not overstepping any boundaries, however. With more than 400 horsepower, the legendary 4Motion all-wheel drive, as well as incredible interior luxury features like massage seats it was a great price. Furthermore, there was the fact that the engine options available in the U.S. were just the beginning of the craze. The cheapest option available that was available in the U.S. was the same 4.2-liter V8 engine that you’d find inside the Audi S4 or R8. Its W12 engine is similar to what you’d see in the Bentley Continental GT or Flying Spur with turbochargers, but not turbochargers. Markets in the overseas market, however, received the most outrageous engine choices. They also received the W12. But the entry-level engine available was the Volkswagen 3.2-liter V6. The main attraction for this European Phaeton, both in the European and Asian market Phaeton, however, was the diesel version. It was available with the 5.0-liter TDI twin-turbo-diesel V10 engine. It produced more than 300 horsepower and 500 pounds of torque.
2023 Volkswagen Phaeton Future
In the end, even though everyone is aware of the reasons why the Phaeton has been wiped out, however, it still hurts. It’s such an amazing and unique car that it couldn’t actually work. It wasn’t the first time around. However, this amazing glimpse into what could have been extremely cool. Maybe one day, the massive and costly Volkswagen luxury vehicle will come back.