2016 Volkswagen Touran
Volkswagen has revealed its new Touran MPV ahead of its public debut at, you guessed it, the Geneva motor show.
The Touran’s body has been brought into line with other recent Volkswagens like the new Passat and the Golf SV. The interior is also completely new, with a more premium feel while still maximising the available space in the interior.
However, this isn’t just a case of maximising already existing space, with the updated version of the Touran around 12cm longer in length than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 11cm.
The cabin comes with a new folding seat arrangement, which conveniently allows the seats to be dropped to create a handy flat floor. The new model is available in both five and seven-seat versions, and Volkswagen claim the former has the biggest luggage compartment in the class.
The new model, naturally, also has a gigantic list of safety equipment available, including an automatic post-collision braking assistant as standard, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and pre-crash proactive occupant protection.
The new Touran will come with full integration capabilities with both Apple and Android smartphones, allowing advanced phone functionality, like voice control, to be used.
The UK engine range will consist of two petrol and three diesel models, all of which are claimed to be significantly more economical than the models they replace – as is the way nowadays. This comes as a result of weight reduction, improved aerodynamics as well as mechanical improvements.
The entry-level engine option is the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol unit, which is accompanied by the more powerful 148bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrols. The three diesel options are rated at 108bhp for the 1.6 TDI, with 148bhp and 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel models. The 1.6-litre diesel is the most economical in the line up, with an official fuel economy figure of 70.6mpg.
The new model should slot straight into the market between the new, smaller, Golf SV and the full-size seven-seat Sharan MPV and will be available to order in summer of 2015 with the first UK deliveries in November this year.