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Official Details of Golf MPV

Sun, 18 Aug 2002
Volkswagen has now revealed first official details and picture of its forthcoming compact Golf Mk V based MPV, the Touran.

It is set for launch in Germany early 2003, with UK sales beginning summer 2003. Notable features of the 4,390mm x 1,790mm x 1,630mm Touran include a highly versatile interior layout that can be specified with seven seats.

The Touran will be available with a wide choice of engines, including FSI and TDI powerplants and six-speed gearboxes as standard. A rigid bodyshell combined with electro-mechanical power steering and entirely new four-link rear suspension mean it should handle well for this type of vehicle.

The Touran has five seats as standard and a well-planned, versatile interior layout. Three individual seats in the second row can be repositioned, folded or removed altogether, while the optional two full-size seats in the third row can be folded down into the floor. With five seats in use, the load area has a capacity of over 600 litres.

Safety is class leading, with active front-seat head restraints, plus front airbags and side airbags for the front and second rows of seats. Three-point seatbelts are provided for all seven seats, while ABS, ESP and BAS are further active safety features. The fully galvanised body with laser-welded seams results in exceptional rigidity and strength.

The name ‘Touran’ is derived from the words ‘Tour’ and ‘Sharan’. ‘Tour’ symbolises long distance comfort for large groups of people, while the ending ‘-an’ is used to indicate Volkswagen’s multi-purpose vehicles.

Further technical and pricing details will be available closer to launch.

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