Volkswagen is bringing a bunch of new models to the Geneva Motor Show this year. There’s the new Passat Alltrack, the Golf GTD Variant and a trifecta of new vans; the facelifted Caddy, the revised Sharan and of course, this new Touran.
The completely redeveloped Touran is the first MPV to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). This brings many advantages as far as design and construction are concerned, such as a distinctive long-wheelbase with very short body overhangs allowing ample use of space.
Despite an increase in overall vehicle length and greater demands on safety and comfort it has still been possible to achieve a weight reduction of 62kg compared to the previous model. This, together with improvements to the vehicle’s aerodynamics, has resulted in a drop in fuel consumption: the engines, 3 petrol (TSI) with 110 PS, 150 PS, 180 PS and three diesel (TDI) with 110 PS, 150 PS, 190 PS, are now up to 19% more economical. All models feature Stop/Start and battery regeneration (brake energy recuperation) systems as standard.
The interior of the completely redesigned MPV has undergone a significant increase in size and is highly configurable. The space can be configured in a variety of ways with its newly developed fold-flat seating system, which also features ISOFIX anchor points on all seats. A luggage space of 1,040 litres (when loaded to roof height up to the second seat row) and a total of 47 storage compartments make the new Touran perfect for everyday use. The optional Pure Air 3-zone automatic air conditioner with anti-allergen filter ensures that the air inside the vehicle stays fresh and clean.
The wide range of new assistance and infotainment systems are pioneering features in this vehicle class. Along with Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, the Touran is also available with the adaptive cruise control system ACC and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Traffic Jam Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and Trailer Assist, the trailer manoeuvring system. New features in the Touran include an electric tailgate open/close mechanism, the automatic Easy Open tailgate function (activated by a movement of the foot), driving profile selection and high-performance LED headlights.
No fewer than 5 radio and radio navigation systems are available for the new Touran. DAB+ digital radio is available for all these systems. For the 3 top devices, Volkswagen will also be offering AppConnect with CarPlay (Apple) and Android Auto (Google) and MirrorLink, enabling a wide array of apps to be mirrored in the infotainment system display. The Touran has another optional item available called the electronic voice amplification. This system uses a microphone in the front passenger area to relay speech to the rear seat rows via the speakers installed in the rear.
The Touran looks particularly sporty when fitted with the new R Line equipment range from Volkswagen R. The R Line exterior package includes special R Line bumpers among other features. Inside, the R Line interior package contains highlights such as exclusive seat covers.