Saturday, August 21, 2010

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen unveiled the new Touran at the Leipzig Motor Show last week. Though not an entirely new design, the revisions to the Touran were made to bring the car in line with other offerings in the Volkswagen stable - namely the Polo, Golf and the recently revealed Touareg SUV.

At the front, a new grille with horizontal lines sits atop a new front bumper, while revised taillights with LED bulbs join a new tailgate and bumper at the rear. Completing the revisions are a set of new alloy wheels and chrome-edged rubbing strips running down the side of the vehicle. The redesign is subtle, but sufficient to make the new model embody the classic, albeit conservative, design direction established by its recently refreshed siblings.

Inside, new trim finishes are joined by a three-spoke steering wheel ahead of a new set of dials featuring subtle white backlighting and a large electronic display to relay information on the vehicle's systems. A revised center console with chrome highlights houses new controls for the ventilation system. In keeping with the functionality of the MPV's ancestor, a total of 39 storage compartments can be found around the cabin.

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