The Volkswagen Touran first debuted in 2003, with a combination of Volkswagen’s best features from both its models, the Tour and the Sharan, to develop this compact MPV, thus the name Touran. The German automobile manufacturer has now announced its plans to develop a third generation model of the Touran. The 2017 Volkswagen Touran is a family car that is expected to have a very appealing exterior as well as a comfy interior coupled with unmatched fuel efficiency and performance. Let us have a peek on what the new 2017 Volkswagen Touran has to offer the big family.
2017 Volkswagen Touran – Body and Design
The 2017 Volkswagen Touran will be based on the VW Golf MK5 and VW Group MBQ platforms which make use of lightweight materials such as aluminum and steel. This will ensure that this model of the Touran will be much lighter than its predecessors, thus boosting its speed and fuel efficiency. The automaker will also add some sleek features to the exterior to make it more pleasing to the eye. The front fascia will adorn an elongated grille, LED headlights and some redesigned air vents. The VW logo will come out as more pronounced in this model too. For the rear fascia, this MPV will boast of a well re-modelled bumper and a new set of stylish LED taillights. Other bespoke exterior features include the newly designed side mirrors and the 17-inch aluminum alloys.
The interior of the 2017 Volkswagen Touran will be quite spacious, with room enough to seat a maximum of seven adults. The seats will be made of high quality materials with intricate stitching and they will be more user friendly in terms of adjustments, folding and movements. The also comes with a fair share of technological advancements. The driver’s console will come with a 7-inch full HD display and a myriad of buttons for controlling the various features. For connectivity, you get WiFi, USB ports, Smartphone as well as Google Maps. Other tech features that will come in as standard include: power steering, climate control, weather update system, a navigation system and satellite radio. Safety features in this model will include: seat belts, traffic assist, pre-crash occupant protection, adaptive cruise control, automatic post-crash braking system and park assist.
2017 Volkswagen Touran – Powertrain and Transmission
There will be four engine options to choose from for the 2017 Touran MPV. The first will be a 1.4 liter TSI that will have an output of 148 horsepower and 184 foot pounds of torque. The second option will be a 1.4 liter TSI DSG yielding the same power and torque capacity as the first engine, but with better performance. The third engine option will be a 1.6 liter TDI with an output of 109 horsepower and 184 foot pounds of torque. Last but not least will be a 2.0 liter TDI with a capability of 148 horsepower and 251 foot pounds of torque. All these engine options will be coupled with either a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 7-speed manual transmission. The model comes with an all-wheel drive system. In terms of fuel economy, the 2017 Volkswagen Touran will come with a significant reduction in gas consumption as compared to its predecessors. It is estimated that this model can do an impressive 52 mpg in city and 70 mpg on the highway. This new gas consumption reduction has been attributed to Blue Motion Technology’ and a lighter body weight as well as a more streamlined exterior.
The 2017 VW Touran Release Date, Price and Competition
A formal release date for the car has not yet been announced by Volkswagen but the car is expected to be released in late 2016 for European markets to mid-2017 for markets outside of Europe. The base price for the 2017 Volkswagen Touran is expected to be $23,000, with refurbished models selling at a higher price. Close competition for this 2017 Volkswagen Touran will come from makes such as the Ford Grand C-Max, the Peugeot 5008, the Mazda 5 and the Toyota Verso.