The Volkswagen Touran is the Wolfsburg car manufacturer's answer to the popular
Renault Scenic, Opel Zafira and Citroen Picasso. It is based on the next generation Golf and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2003.
This new VW MPV has a length of 4.39m, is 1.79m broad and 1.63m high - it is slightly bigger than the Opel Zafira.
The VW Touran has five seats and the second row of seats is three loose units. Apparently a third row of seats is optional that will convert this car to a seven-seater.
Like the Zafira the third row folds away into the floor of the bootspace. With five seats the Touran has a huge loading space of 600 litres.
VW has not released any information about the engine range for the Touran. It is expected that there will be a range of petrol units that includes a 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre turbo and a 2.0-litre. Of course there will be a diesel version as well and this can be in the form of the VW's popular 1.9 TDi that is found locally in the Jetta and Golf TDi.
The VW Touran will feature the latest state-of-the-art comfort and safety features. Safety equipment will include several airbags, ABS and EPS.
The next two years are exciting times for Volkswagen with a range of new cars that will be introduced.
Next year the Golf V will make its debut and it will be followed by the next generation Jetta (Bora) and Passat in 2004.
Another new sensation that will go on sale next year some time is the VW Touareg - this SUV will try to give popular SUV's like the BMW X5 a run for its money. There is also rumours that VW is going to build a roadster version of its new Polo, which will be called the Polo Spyder.
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