Volkswagen reveals all-new Touran MPV

By Jason K. Ang February 26,2015

VW_Touran_HighLine_01Volkswagen has revealed details of its all-new Touran MPV. Now based on the Modular Transverse Matrix underpinning the new Golf and Jetta, the new MPV should drive similar to those cars, while packing in a lot more space within its compact footprint. The Touran has grown by 130mm in length, almost all of it going to the wheelbase (+113mm). This translates to more interior room, including 48 liters more luggage space. Despite that, the weight has been reduced by 62kg, and together with new engines, fuel efficiency is expected to improve by up to 19 percent.


VW_Touran_HighLine_02Engine choices worldwide will be three petrol (110 ps, 150 ps and 180 ps) and three diesel (110 ps, 150 ps and 190 ps). The most efficient will be the 110ps 1.6-liter diesel with 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox transmission, with tested fuel economy of around 25 km/liter. Auto stop-start and brake energy recapture systems will be standard.


There will be two versions worldwide, a five-seater and seven-seater. The middle seat feature three individual positions, while the rear adds two individual seats. The middle row slides forward for easier ingress/egress. The middle and rear seats, as well as front passenger seat, can folded flat to provide an even luggae compartment. With five seats, the luggage capacity is 1040 liters, more than double that of large sedans’. The driver will enjoy a high seating position, 129mm higher than in a Golf GTI.


VW_Touran_INT_002Touchscreen infotainment with 5 up to 8-inch screens will be available, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as the operating systems. The cabin will have 47 (!) storage compartments, including a large removable container under the front armrest. The luggage compartment light can be removed as a flashlight. Three-zone climate control will have biogenic filter that removes fungal spores and allergens.


Volkswagen points to a flatter and “more stylish” window design, with narrower C-pillar and chrome trim around the window frame. There are pronounced creases in the doorlines, matching the handles. LED headlights will be available.


Safety features will include available auto emergency braking, blind spot alert, cross traffic alert when backing up, adaptive cruise control and pre-crash seatbelt tensioning.


Together with the launch of the Toyota Alphard and the upcoming Honda Odyssey, the all-new Touran will shake up the premium MPV segment and give families several attractive choices.

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