Volkswagen is updating its mid-sized MPV offering by releasing a VW Touran in 2015. A spy photographer has seen one in testing in Germany and taken some pictures. It was thought that these were pretty late tests with expectation being that it will debut next year.
The current Touran is rather out of date and it would have probably been updated already by many manufacturers . It was launched back in 2003 and based on the underpinnings of the Mk5 Golf but has managed to keep going for over a decade. This was partly because it has a very successful face lift with the new PQ35 architecture being used at the time, which is now no longerbeing made.
The new Touran will use the MQB platform which has been used on a selection of models including the Seat Leon. Skoda Octavia, Audi TT and VW Golf Mk7. This is a very flexible platform.
This will mean that front wheel drive will be standard and there will be a four wheel drive version although this is unlikely to be offered in the UK. The engines will be downsized with less cylinders and there will be the option of twin clutch transmission.
From the spy photos it looks as if not much will change on the outside of the vehicle. It still looks pretty much like a box on wheels with the aesthetics of a Golf but a square shape to provide the most space for seven people. The long wheelbase makes it look like there may be the option of a third row of seats which pop up in the same way as the current version
In 2003 when it was first photographed before it was debuted and the pictures got around the media, it was labelled up as the breadvan. This may sound rather rude, but it is a good description of a vehicle which is utilitarian and serves that purpose very well. It has also aged well, as shown by the fact that the design has not changed massively.