Volkswagen Touran restyled

Production Cars 15 Sep 2006
Volkswagen Touran restyled

Volkswagen has revealed the first images of the restyled Touran compact MPV that will debut at the Paris Motor Show. The seven-seater will adopt the ParkAssist system, that controls the steering when parking when reverse gear is selected.


Volkswagen TouranThe new Touran will go on sale early next year; prices will be confirmed closer to launch. The current Touran went on sale in summer 2003 and was sold in over 32,700 units.

Design

In appearance, the revised Touran has a new radiator grille and headlights which are similar to those of the recently launched Eos coupé cabriolet.  At the back, new rear lights and a modified bumper distinguish the new generation Touran.

Inside, new fabrics and stainless steel trim, plus an MP3-compatible radio/CD player among other items give an upmarket feel and make the cabin a nicer place to be.

2003 Volkswagen Touran - design sketch 2003 Volkswagen Touran
2003 Volkswagen Touran – design sketch 2003 Volkswagen Touran

ParkAssist System

The new Touran will be the first Volkswagen available with ParkAssist, an optional parking guidance system developed by Volkswagen engineers.  ParkAssist enables automatic parking, using front and rear ultrasonic sensors to detect available parking space and a control unit to calculate the ideal manoeuvring path.

Acoustic and visual displays guide the driver to the correct parking start position, then once reverse gear is selected the car parks itself in under 15 seconds.

All the driver has to do in this time is accelerate and brake – the Touran does all the steering.  The system is likely to be available from June 2007.

Volkswagen Touran Volkswagen Touran - Interior

Engines will include two petrol and four diesel units. These will be a 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI; and 1.9-litre 90 and 105 PS TDI plus 2.0-litre 140 and 170 PS, the latter with DPF (diesel particulate filter).

(Source: Volkswagen)

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