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The next-generation Volkswagen Touran small MPV has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show.

Measuring 4527mm from front to rear, the new Touran is 130mm longer than the outgoing model. Much of that increase in length has been passed on to the wheelbase, which now measures 2791mm or 113mm longer than before.

The new MPV is 41mm wider than the old model at 1814mm, but with an overall height of 1628mm, the roof is 6mm closer to the ground than before. The Touran will be available in both five and seven seat forms.

Like the latest versions of the Golf, Passat and Skoda Superb, the new Touran is based on Volkswagen’s MQB flexible component matrix for transverse-engined front- and all-wheel drive vehicles.

Der neue Volkswagen Touran R-Line

Options on the new Touran include LED head- and tail-lights, keyless entry and hands-free boot operation. The Touran can be specified with an R Line interior and exterior styling package for a sportier look.

Available safety technology stretches to emergency braking in the city, adaptive cruise control, automated parking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and trailer assistance. Automatic post-collision braking and an electric parking brake are fitted as standard on all new Tourans.

Der neue Volkswagen Touran

On the inside, the Touran features fold flat second and third row seats, and a touchscreen entertainment system with screen sizes ranging from five to eight inches depending on the trim level. Some systems will be fitted with DAB+ digital radio, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink smartphone mirroring technologies.

In Europe, the new Touran will be offered with a choice of three turbocharged petrol engines: an 81kW 1.2-litre, 110kW 1.4-litre and a 132kW 1.8-litre. There are also three turbo-diesel motors to choose from: an 81kW 1.6-litre, 110kW 2.0-litre and a 140kW 2.0-litre.

All drivetrain variants feature automatic engine stop/start and battery regeneration on braking as standard.

Der neue Volkswagen Touran

The new Touran goes on sale across Europe from September 2015.

The last time we spoke to the local arm about the Touran, Kurt McGuiness, the company’s Australian public relations manager, told us, “We have no plans at this stage, but we will continue to monitor the segment.”