A new report indicates the next-gen Volkswagen Phaeton will grow in size and is going to feature an all-aluminum body.

A new report indicates the next-gen Volkswagen Phaeton will grow in size and is going to feature an all-aluminum body.

The Phaeton is in urgent need of a replacement taking into consideration the model has been on sale since 2002. It received significant facelifts in 2007 and 2010 but even so Volkswagen needs a new range-topping model as soon as possible to keep up with its German rivals.

Rumors about a concept serving as a preview for the second-gen model emerged last year and indicated a 2014 debut at NAIAS this month but apparently Volkswagen decided in the last minute not to show the car because the production model is still far away. When it will eventually reach dealerships, the new Phaeton will be bigger than the current model and will also make use of an all-aluminum body. Expect to find smaller engines and possibly a plug-in hybrid variant while the thirsty W12 engine will probably be axed.

Larger next-gen Volkswagen Phaeton to feature an all-aluminum body - report