Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted February 25, 2015 11:11
Available with an array of TSI and TDI engines
With just a few days left before the start of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has taken the digital wraps off of the 2015 Volkswagen Touran which has been made longer as well as sportier according to the German automaker.
Immediately seen up front is the sleeker headlight design and the revised bumper. The side on the other hand gets a character line which runs from the front quarter panel up to the rear quarter panel. The rear still somewhat resembles the outgoing model but features an updated taillight design and rear bumper.
Besides having a different look, the 2015 Touran is also the first MPV from Volkswagen to be based on the company's new modular transverse matrix architecture (MQB). The new architecture not only gives the MPV an additional 130mm of body length (113mm increase in wheelbase) and interior space, the new architecture also saves on weight as it now weighs 62kg less than the previous model.
Inside, the 2015 Touran can still be had in either 5-seat and 7-seat configurations and, according to Volkswagen, the all-new Touran also has the biggest cargo capacity as it can store up to 1,040 liters of luggage with the second row seats set up. A larger 1,980-liter luggage space is also available when the second row seats are folded flat onto the floor.
Available amenities for the 2015 Touran include a digital radio, Apple's AppConnect with CarPlay and Android's Auto and MirrorLink.
Powering Volkswagen's next-generation MPV are an array of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. First up is a 1.2-liter TSI that puts out 110 PS and is followed by a 1.4-liter TSI that cranks out 150 PS. At the top of the gasoline range is the 180 PS 1.8-liter TSI. Over to diesels, there is the 1.6-liter TDI that generates 110 PS and is followed by two 2.0-liter units that produce 150 PS and 190 PS respectively. All engines will be fitted with start/stop technology along with brake energy recuperation which cuts fuel consumption by up to 19% according to Volkswagen.
Standard safety features found on the new Touran include: adaptive cruise control, automatic post-collision braking, side assist with rear traffic alert and trailer assist. Also to become available in the future is the new R Line equipment that consist of R Line bumpers and an interior package that comes with exclusive seat covers.