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2015 Volkswagen Touran Spied Testing MQB Platform

The second-generation of Volkswagen’s Touran MPV has only been around since 2010, so talking about a new model may seem a bit early, but, in fact, the people mover is late. That’s because the “generation” was actually a massive facelift and now the vehicle will finally receive a new platform.
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To be more precise, the current VW Touran still rides on the Golf 5 platform - together with the Scirocco and the Beetle, this is one of the last models still using the PQ35 architecture.

Since the Golf 7 has brought us the MQB platform, which now spreads from the Skoda Octavia to the Audi TT, it’s time for the actual second generation of the Touran, which many will label as the third, to ride on this modular platform.

The benefits of the MQB


Since the new architecture makes use of aluminum, it will bring a weight reduction of up to 100 kg (220 lbs), while the rigidity of the chassis will be increased. The platform will also allow for an even better packaging, which means extra cabin space, a key asset in this class.

The new family of VW petrol and diesel engines will make their way under the hood of the new Touran. Thus, the base models whoyld come with 1.2 TSI units delivering 110 hp, while the diesel side of the line-up will start with a 1.6-liter unit offering the same output. Higher up the range, we’ll get the 150 hp 1.4 TSI and the 2.0 TDI oil burner. Natural gas engines, which have already been developed for the Skoda Octavia, are also on the way.

Axing the Sharan could make the Touran larger


Volkswagen is set to axe the larger Sharan in 2016 and this means that a long wheelbase version of the Touran could replace it. Citroen already does this with the C4 Picasso and the Gran C4 Picasso, so the move wouldn’t be all that unexpected.

While MPVs are the kind of breath-taking vehicles, the sheer support they offer to families make them truly important, so the serious upgrade of the Touran will certainly make many people happy.

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