The Touran, which has to date sold 1.13 million examples across Europe, features revised styling, new technology and a range of new petrol and diesel engines.
Styling cues are similar to those found on the new Polo, Golf, Transporter and Touareg with a new horizontally-styled grille and new front bumper. Up back, LED tail lamps are fitted along with a new tailgate and rear bumper. Chrome side strips and a new range of alloy wheels round out the exterior changes.
Inside, Touran features new trim finishes, a new three-spoke steering wheel and new instrumentation with white back lighting and large multi-function display (MFD). A revised centre console features new chrome trim highlights and new ventilation system controls.
Seven seats are standard across the range with the third row able to fold flat into the floor for added versatility. The cargo area is 695-litres in seven-seat mode or 1913-litres in five-seat mode. The new Touran also offers 39 separate storage compartments throughout the cabin.
Under the bonnet, Touran offers a range of efficient new forced induction petrol and diesel engines. The entry-level petrol engine is a new 77kW 1.2-litre TSI four-cylinder unit. It is joined by a 1.4-litre TSI four-cylinder engine developing 103kW.
The diesel range now comprises two engines with four different power outputs. A 1.6-litre four-cylinder TDI engine is available with a choice of 66 or 77kW outputs while the 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine offers 103 or 125kW. BlueMotion can also be optioned on both the 77kW 1.2 TSI petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines to add Start/Stop fuel saving technology.
The new Volkswagen Touran also features the latest generation of ParkAssist which allows the vehicle to park in both parallel spaces and 90-degree parking spaces. The system operates through the push of a single button, no longer requiring a complicated set-up procedure.
The new Touran goes on sale in the UK and Europe from September. Pricing and full specifications will be announced closer to the launch. Currently, there are no plans to offer the Volkswagen Touran in Australia.