Presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 2016 Volkswagen Touran will most likely go on sale this November in Europe. First hitting the markets in 2003, the first generation of this compact medium sized multipurpose car didn’t get a facelift until 2010. Now, five years since the second generation emerged, the speculation is rife about what the new VW Touran has in store for its fans. With only rumors to work with, along with the odd image or two, the new model is expected to build upon the progress achieved by its second generation predecessor, retaining enough features to maintain a level of similarity with the current model even while availing enough changes to stand apart.
Exterior and Interior Styling
The 2016 Volkswagen Touran is expected to increase in size even while undergoing weight reduction, this resulting from the vehicle’s shift to the MBQ platform. It will retain its predecessor’s boxy shape, but the design will favor a sleeker sportier look due to more angular lines. Precluding the large tailgate and redesigned elements such as the bumper, front grille and headlights, slightly altered for a more fashionable appearance, the minivan’s exterior is poised to maintain the recognizable VW Touran image; though an increased ride height and plastic body might create a more rugged appearance.
It is within the interior that the more drastic changes might manifest; cabin of the 2016 Volkswagen Touran is expected to be far more spacious as a result of the stretched wheelbase, the consequence being greater leg and head room for the passengers and driver. This is particularly important considering the problems the model has had with leg room in the past. With a trunk of greater capacity, the seats are foldable and should allow for greater comfort. The infotainment system has been designed for ease of use, with additional speculated attributes including a Pure Atmosphere three zone automatic air conditioner (for maintaining a clean, fresh internal environment), automatic open tail gate function, DAB digital radio and high performing LED headlights.
Volkswagen designed the new model to be more compatible with contemporary multipurpose vehicles. Along with its light weight build (no more than 100kg), it has sharper lines, manifesting an elegant aura in its interior and resulting in a vehicle that, while similar to the second generation and, to an extent, the first generation Tourans, just might set itself apart in both design and performance.
Engine, 2016 Volkswagen Touran Specs
The new 2016 Volkswagen Touran is expected to feature a 1.2L TSI petrol engine capable of generating 110 PS (108 hp / 81 kW), a 1.4L TSI which is able to produce 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW), and another turbocharged engine delivering about 180 PS (178 hp / 133 kW). When it comes to the diesel options, those include two 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines generating 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW), and one 1.6-liter turbodiesel unit able to deliver 110 PS (108 hp / 81 kW). Transmission options include a 7-speed dual-clutch and an optional automatic transmission. All powertrains, when coupled with a vehicle consumption program called BlueMotion, should avail a low fuel consumption (ranging between 52.3 mpg and 70.6 mpg), superior to its predecessors, this partially resulting from the reduction in body weight.
Release Date and Estimated Price
There have been few solid revelations about the 2016 Volkswagen Touran, with the majority of circulating information emerging from professional estimations and guesses, typically with the assistance of spy photos. That being said, most people agree that the new model should be hitting markets by the end of 2015, most likely in November. The UK customers will be able to order it this summer, with the price tag hovering at the $20,000 mark, possibly rising to $30,500 depending on the amenities offered.
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