Volkswagen has applied a mild cosmetic update for the aging Phaeton sold in China, the model's biggest market.

Volkswagen has applied a mild cosmetic update for the aging Phaeton sold in China, the model's biggest market.

The changes start at the front where the bi-xenon headlights now have slightly different graphics with a black look while the upper and lower grilles make more extensive use of chrome. It boasts electrically-folding and heated side mirrors with built-in LED turn signals, slide & tilt automatic electric sunroof with wind deflector, insulated windows and fresh graphics for the LED taillights.

Stepping inside the cabin, there's a rear seat entertainment system with dual 10.2-inch screens, 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, additional wood trim and a DYNAUDIO Temptation sound system with a 12-channel digital amplifier.

In terms of engines, the 2015 Volkswagen Phaeton (CN-spec) can be had with a V6 FSI 3.0-liter engine developing 250 PS (184 kW) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft), a beefier V6 FSI 3.6-liter rated at 280 PS (206 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft), followed by a range-topping V8 4.2-liter generating 335 PS (246 kW) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). All three engines send their power to a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system through a six-speed transmission.

The reveal of a facelifted Phaeton for China comes only a couple of days after Volkswagen announced plans to phase out the full-size sedan from the UK market. A second generation is in the works and will be out in a couple of years and one of the engines will be the recently unveiled W12 6.0-liter TSI which will enable the new Phaeton return 22 mpg US (26.4 mpg UK or 11 liters / 100 km) in the combined cycle.

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