The new Volkswagen Touran has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015.
Volkswagen claim their latest MPV is up to 19 per cent more economical than the outgoing model and after transferring the Touran to VW’s versatile MQB platform, designers have been able to make the car 130mm longer and even more roomy inside.
The new Touran also manages 48 litres more space in the boot and yet is 62kg lighter overall - visual changes are minimal with Volkswagen not making any drastic modifications.
Head of VW head designer, Klaus Bischoff, said, “We refined the design concept, reinventing it in places to give it a sharper look while retaining a strong underlying continuity. What emerges is an original with a much enhanced light and sporty look thanks to the long side windows and precise lines.”
Up front, the new Touran boasts a striking three-bar grille and sleeker redesigned headlamps. Top specification cars with favour all-new LED units for a smoother design and better night visibility over the old models Xenon lights.
Looking inside the cabin, the new Touran features the same motion-sensitive touchscreen from the new Golf and Passat, with touches of leather and high-quality plastics scattered about the cabin.
The Touran will employee a modular infotainment system with screen sizes ranging from five to eight inches, with the range-topping systems available with an optional Dynaudio sound system.
Three equipment levels will be available on launch, ranging from the basic S, through SE to the top-of-the-range SE-L. Each model gets air-conditioning, chrome trim and ISOFIX child seat mounts, while middle of the range SE cars add emergency city braking, an upgraded infotainment system and 16-inch alloys.
Volkswagen may also launch a new R Line trim – already seen on the Polo, Golf and Passat. This would add sportier details including new bumpers and understated R badging, plus R Line seat covers.
UK customers will have the choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. These 108bhp 1.2-litre and 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol variant, as well as a 108bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel.
Also available will be 2.0-litre TDI’s offering 148bhp and 187bhp, Every model will come with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, apart from the top-of-the-line 187bhp diesel, which gets DSG as standard.
Those looking for the most frugal Touran will be drawn to the 1.6-litre TDI DSG which is capable of returning 68.9mpg, while the most economical petrol – the 1.4-litre TSI – will do 52.3mpg. Every model comes with stop-start and brake energy recuperation technology as standard.
The new Touran hits the UK in November – prices are still to be announced.
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