VW updates luxury saloon range

A number of revisions to Volkswagen's flagship Phaeton luxury saloon have been announced following its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

A redesigned central console features new touchscreen satellite navigation and climate control systems, alongside a refreshed instrument cluster and multifunction display.

For the first time, the Phaeton offers the option of a Side Scan blind-spot monitor, building on the car's already extensive list of safety devices.

This technology monitors the area next to the vehicle and acts as a lane changing aid with an audible alert and a small warning lamp in the wing mirrors to warn of the danger of collision.

Volkswagen has also introduced other Phaeton options including a rear-view camera and a powerful 1,000-watt Dynaudio audio system.

And the exterior has not escaped the design tweaks, with a revised front grille featuring a three-dimensional Volkswagen roundel. A range of new metallic paint finishes and three new alloy wheels, in 17in, 18in and 19in designs, have also been added.

The Phaeton is available with a 3.0-litre V6 TDI 240 horsepower diesel engine with particulate filter or 6.0-litre W12 450 horsepower petrol engine.

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