2011 VW TOURAN UNVEILED
The new VW Touran was released at the Leipzig Motor Show in Germany. Featuring fresh styling, new technology and a range of efficient new engines, the Touran is set to build on the strong reputation of the 1.13 million examples of the compact MPV sold across Europe to date. The Touran styling takes inspiration from the design direction established by the Polo, Golf and new Touareg. So the new grille features strong horizontal lines that are replicated in the front bumper while at the rear, revised tail-lights feature intricate LEDs along with a new tailgate and bumper. Completing the revisions are a set of new wheels and chrome-edged rubbing strips down the sides.
Inside, new trim finishes are joined by a three-spoke steering wheel ahead of a new dials featuring subtle white backlighting and a large electronic display for on the vehicle's systems. A revised centre console with chrome highlights houses new controls for the ventilation system.
The Touran's versatility has been retained. The new car is fitted with seven seats as standard, the third row can be folded into the floor to leave a 695-liter loadspace, that can be increased to 1913 liters when the centre row of seats is folded. A total of 39 storage compartments can be found around the new Touran.
Power is from a range of efficient forced induction engines that promise greater performance and economy. The entry-level gasoline engine is a 1.2-liter TSI unit delivering 10hp. It's joined by a 1.4-liter TSI developing 140hp.
The diesel range comprises two engines with four different power outputs. A 1.6-literTDI is available with a choice of 90 or 105hp outputs while the 2.0-liter TDI offers 140 or 170hp.
In addition, the 1.2 TSI 105hp gasoline and 1.6-liter 105hp diesel engines can be specified in BlueMotion trim complete with Start/Stop and, in the case of the latter, the ability to return 51mpg US on the combined cycle - making the new Touran the most efficient MPV ever produced by Volkswagen.
In addition to the gains in efficiency, the Touran also breaks new ground in technology, featuring, the latest generation of ParkAssist, which allows the vehicle to park in not only parallel spaces but also end-on spaces. The system operates through a single button and doesn't require any complicated set-up procedure.