Spyshots: 2015 Volkswagen Touran Getting MQB Platform

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Volkswagen has begun work on a new generation Touran compact MPV. This prototype, the first to have ever been spotted, is clear indication that development is well on the way with a platform that's likely to be derived from that of the Golf 7, the MQB.
Originally launched in 2003, the Touran was first based off the Golf 5. A replacement followed in 2010 with better styling and new engines, but not an entirely new architecture. That situation is going to be addressed using the modular MQB tool kit. By using it, Volkswagen engineers will be able to shed a considerable amount of weight and gain access to multiple components from the latest Golf.

The engine choices will likely be very similar to what's currently on offer. Base model Trendlines should thus come with 1.2 TSI engines making 110 hp or a 1.6-liter diesel putting out the same number. More upmarket Tourans will receive the 150 hp 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI diesel. Natural gas versions are also likely to be offered, since the engines have already been developed for the Skoda Octavia.

Earlier this year, we've learned that the bigger Sharan is likely to go out of production. With 40,000 sales last year, the Sharan is to be axed in 2016, together with its platform brother the SEAT Alhambra. Both are based on the PQ46 platform of the Passat.

However, VW could offer a long wheelbase version of the Touran in order to take its place. This move would be similar to What Citroen has done with the C4 Picasso and Gran C4 Picasso, sharing development cost by developing them together.

It's unlikely that many customers are waiting for either of these vehicles with bated breath, since compact MPVs have largely taken over the market from for family MPVs.
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