2015 Volkswagen Touran The new Volkswagen Touran has world debut as the first Multi-purpose Vehicle (MPV) to be based on VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). The Touran, also known as the Cross Touran domestically, has sold over 1.9 million vehicles in Europe, Asia and Africa.

At a glance, the Touran gets a more powerful-looking exterior and a distinctive long wheelbase with short body overhangs. There are three equipment lines for the Touran: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

For the front, the cross pieces of the grille extend naturally into the headlights to form a single, cohesive element. The headlights themselves are much slimmer than those of the previous version, and have a more three-dimensional shape; they also act as a common theme that unifies the front and the side sections. At slim lower breather opening assists to extend the Touran’s width and frontal impression. Furthermore, the Touran is the first Volkswagen MPV to offer LED headlights as an option. The LED headlights in the top-of-the-range version additionally feature a dynamic cornering function, LED daytime driving lights and Dynamic Light Assist (option).

Powerful wheel arches and horizontal lines form the visual accents at the sides of the vehicle. The window design is noticeably flatter and more stylish than in the predecessor, extending from the A-pillar all the way back to the D-pillar. Level with the VW badge, another line flows into the tail light cluster (LED lights as an option) and forms an aerodynamic trailing edge. The number plate frame is a downward-facing trapezium which complements the sweep of the tail light clusters far into the vehicle silhouette, adding to
the sense of width and giving a pleasant appearance to the rear.

With R Line equipment range, the Touran receives even more dynamic stance thanks to special R Line bumpers and exclusive seat covers.

Volkswagen has intended to reduce overall weight on the new Touran, as it has already done with other MQB-based variants. The new Touran now has a reduced weight of up to 62 kilograms. In dimensions, the Touran, which sits between the Sharan and the Caddy, is 4,527 mm in length, an increase of 130 mm compared to the previous edition. The compact MPV has a longer wheelbase of 2,791 mm (113 mm more than the older Touran), while overall width has increased by 41 mm to 1814 mm (not including exterior mirrors). The MPV’s height is 1,628 mm, which is a decrease of 6 mm (not including roof rails).

A high grade interior of the Touran now comes with a newly developed fold-flat seat system. The second row seats are now much lighter, for example, and can be folded down to merge flat with the luggage compartment floor. This enables the Touran to provide a maximum amount of space on the smallest footprint. Even with five people on board, this MPV has 1,040 liters of luggage space. And a further range of innovative systems is available to bring comfort and convenience up to a higher level, with the Touran acquiring new features including an electric boot lid open/close mechanism, the automatic Easy Open boot lid function (activated by a movement of the foot) and driving profile selection.

The five radio and radio navigation systems offered in Touran, all with touchscreens (5-inch to 8-inch), are part of the second generation of the modular infotainment matrix (MIB). The range of devices consists of the 5-inch Composition Touch and Composition Color systems, the 6.5-inch Composition Media and Discover Media (plus navigation) systems and the 8-inch Discover Pro radio-navigation system. Additionally, DAB+ digital radio is available for all these systems, including the optional Dynaudio sound system.

Aside from the 47 storage compartments that are distributed throughout the interior, the Touran features an optional 3-zone auto climate control system with Pure Air Climatronic.

In the engine department, the Touran is offered with three petrol engines (81 kW / 110 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 132 kW / 180 PS) and three diesel (81 kW / 110 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS). The most fuel-efficient diesel, the 110 PS Touran 1.6 TDI with 7-speed DSG, uses only 4.1 l/100 km (est.). The Touran 1.4 TSI with dual clutch gearbox is expected to churn an output of 150 PS and dispense an average fuel consumption of 5.4 l/100 km.

Drivers assistance systems on the new Touran now consist of the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, the Adaptive Cruise Control system ACC, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Traffic Jam Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and, for the first time in any MPV, Trailer Assist.

The new Volkswagen Touran or Cross Touran is scheduled for its European market launch from September.

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