The Touran TDI should offer a touch over 40 on our own US EPA combined albeit we will never see it
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- June 1, 2010
Meet the new 2011 VW Touran TDI… For Europe only
Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker, is making the automobile more efficient with the launch of every new model. The latest example of this sustainability offensive is the new Touran. Germany’s best-selling MPV is now up to 27% more fuel-efficient – thanks to engine downsizing, innovative technologies and cleaned up aerodynamics. The 1.6L Touran TDI with BlueMotion Technology bests the 47.0 mpgUS combined rating mark for the first time, with Volkswagen’s aim for the future being to get above 51 mpgUS combined on the NEDC.
The Touran is the most successful German compact MPV and ‘the’ consummate family vehicle. Over 1.13 million units have been sold to date. Despite the impending model change, between Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and Cologne the Touran currently achieves a market share in its segment of 47 percent. Across Europe it is also one of the top five in its class.
The Touran’s new bodywork now follows the updated Volkswagen ‘design DNA’. The result is a completely new front and rear section, a restyled silhouette, especially at the back, and wheels adapted to suit. Particularly striking are the new, two-part rear light clusters and the similarly redesigned headlamps with optional bi-xenon headlights, including LED daytime running lights. From a technical point of view, its progressive systems break through class boundaries, as in the case of the new, masked continuous main beam headlights (Dynamic Light Assist), and the newly developed Park Assist 2.0 for nearly automatic parallel and diagonal parking.
A full range of six new gasoline and diesel engines leads to levels of fuel economy that were previously inconceivable from a seven-seat MPV. Setting the pace in sustainability, as mentioned above, is the Touran TDI equipped with a 103 HP TDI offering its owners an unheard of 51.1 mpgUS combined on the NEDC which easily sets a new fuel efficient best for a seven-passenger MPV.
The specification levels of this multi-purpose vehicle equipped with up to 40 storage options have been redefined. The base model is now the Touran Trendlin. Even in the lowest priced Touran features standard A/C, RCD 210 radio/CD system with MP3 function, electric windows in all four doors, elegant decorative strips in ‘Brushed Chrome’ and daytime running lights plus safety hardware including six airbags and ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program).
The Touran Comfortline includes light and rain sensors; automatic dimming rear-view mirror; chrome accents on components such as the light switch, window and mirror adjustment controls; light-absorbing side windows; comfort seats in the front; folding tables for the second row of seats and black roof rails.
The exclusive top model is the Touran Highline features in addition to those of the Comfortline, Alcantara upholstery (anyone remember Chrysler’s Corinthian Leather
), front sport seats, automatic climate control, multifunction display with color screen, leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction keys, 16-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails and front fog lights with chrome frames.
Now on the Touran for the first time is the RNS 315 radio/navigation system with touchscreen. Other new optional features include a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, rear-view camera (standard with RNS 510 radio/navigation system) and the DCC adaptive chassis control system. Also new for the Touran is Light Assist – an automatic main beam control system for standard headlights and thus a ‘younger technological sister’ of the Dynamic Light Assist system developed for bi-xenon headlights. The Touran will launch in Germany in August. Over the course of the autumn, it will then gradually be introduced to markets across the globe.
While we are offered at best, 20 mpg combined rated Minivans here in the US, Europe doubles the stakes with an ~ 40 + mpg combined rated (on our own 08 EPA!) minivan for the masses. Sure it is not the size of the new Ody, Sienna or Town and Country but it sure is going to be easy at the pump!