VW Phaeton axed in UK, but set to be replaced in 2017

Volkswagen has confirmed its slow-selling Phaeton luxury saloon is no more, but all-new model promised for 2017 release

Volkswagen Phaeton

It's been on sale for 13 years, but the time has finally come for Volkswagen's Phaeton to bow out of the UK market. The BMW 7 Series rival has already been killed off in the US, but has been kept going in Asian markets due to its continuing popularity in countries such as China.

According to a VW spokesperson, the Phaeton "in its current form" has been withdrawn from UK markets primarily due to imminent Euro 6 emissions legislation. The strict efficiency measures mean it is no longer financially viable for VW to update the sole engine left in the range, the 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel.

But it's not all bad news for fans of the luxury VW, as design chief Klaus Bishoff told us at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show that an all-new Phaeton will launch in mid to late 2017. He stated that "small details" from the swoopy China-only C-Coupe GTE concept will be carried over, but the front-end design of the Phaeton will be unique. It will also be larger than the outgoing model.

Used Volkswagen Phaeton rear

Further details of the 2017 Phaeton are yet to be revealed, but we can expect turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to feature for the first time, alongside V6 versions - and there's even likely to be a plug-in hybrid model. We can't say for sure whether the Phaeton will ever receive the mighty W12 engine again, which VW claimed in 2002 was capable of powering the Phaeton at 186mph in 50deg C heat while maintaining a cabin temperature of 22deg C.

Form VW boss Ferdinand Piech cites the Phaeton as one of his greatest achievements, despite relatively slow sales and costing more than £1billion to design and develop. We expect with Piech's presence no longer felt in the Volkswagen Group, the new model will be a more considered investment.

How do you feel about the Phaeton's UK departure? Let us know in the comments below

Recommended

Secret Volkswagen Phaeton successor finally unveiled
VW Phaeton successor - front tracking
News

Secret Volkswagen Phaeton successor finally unveiled

It’s been six years since the Phaeton went off sale - now VW reveals it had plans to keep going in the luxury saloon market
7 Jul 2022
Best used luxury cars 2022
Best used luxury cars - header
Best cars & vans

Best used luxury cars 2022

An ultra-comfortable ride and a premium driving experience can be yours with the best used luxury cars
9 Jan 2022

Most Popular

New 2022 MG7 could be a cut-price Audi A5
MG 7 - side
News

New 2022 MG7 could be a cut-price Audi A5

The new MG7 saloon has been teased ahead of its August reveal
8 Aug 2022
“Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda cars are just too similar”
Opinion - VW and Skoda
Opinion

“Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda cars are just too similar”

Mike Rutherford thinks Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda need to target different audiences if they are to be successful in the future
7 Aug 2022
New 2025 Land Rover Discovery set for luxury reinvention
Land Rover Discovery - front (watermarked)
News

New 2025 Land Rover Discovery set for luxury reinvention

The Land Rover Discovery nameplate could spawn a family of models like the Defender
4 Aug 2022