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New Sharan revealed

The next generation of Sharan MPV has had the covers taken off it at the Geneva motorshow today. It will replace the current model Sharan in October.

Longer and wider than the outgoing Sharan, the new model retains its seven-seat layout but Volkswagen says it has more interior space thanks to a 75mm longer wheelbase. It's also lower but sliding rear doors will make entry easier to the third row of seats. Electric sliding for the rear side doors will be an option.

The two seats in the third row can be slid back and forth by up to 160mm to vary passenger and load space. All five of the individual rear seats can be folded completely flat into the floor so there's no need to remove rear seats as there is in the old model.

Styling for the new Sharan follows the theme of current VW models, so the MPV has a similar front appearance to the latest Polo, Golf and newly launched Touareg SUV. Like these models, VW has also announced the Sharan will be offered with smaller, more economical engines.

Starting point for the engine range will be a 1.4-litre TSI turbo- and supercharged engine with 148bhp that offers 38.1mpg and 172g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. There will also be a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol that will come as standard with a DSG dual-clutch gearbox capable of 32.8mpg and 201g/km emissions.

Diesel engines are dealt with by a pair of 2.0-litre turbodiesels in 138- and 167bhp forms. The less powerful version provides 52.3mpg and 143g/km emissions, while the more powerful offers 49.5mpg and 152g/km. All engines fitted to the new Sharan, with the exception of the 2.0-litre petrol, will come as standard with Stop-Start and regenerative braking systems to help keep emissions down.

An option for the next Sharan will be an adaptive chassis that allows the driver to choose between comfort, normal and sport settings depending on the conditions. Park Assist to help guide the car in to parking spaces will also be available on the Sharan for the first time.

Customers in the UK will be able to get their hands on the new Sharan from October this year and prices are expected to range from £22,000 to £30,000.

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