According to a report by TFLcar the next generation 2016 Volkswagen Touran has been spotted testing in Nevada, U.S. indicating that the company may be interested to launch the vehicle in the country.
The report also suggests that the Mazda5, though officially not confirmed, could be discontinued in North America after 2015. With the exit of the Mazda5, Volkswagen could see an opportunity for the Touran minivan for buyers looking for an alternative.
Volkswagen introduced the next-generation 2016 Touran at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. The mid-size MPV shares the MQB platform with the Golf and is 19 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model.
It’s a little too early for details on the Touran for the U.S. market. However customers in the UK get a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines mated to either a manual or automatic transmission. The report suggests that the 170 hp turbocharged TSI petrol engine and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine could be offered on the Touran if launched in the U.S. These engines make more sense as it makes it easier for the manufacturer to clear the EPA regulations and NHTSA safety standards, the report reveals.
The 2016 Touran is available in the UK and Europe in a 5 seater or 7 seater configuration and the U.S. is likely to get both versions. It gets seats which fold flat and are lighter; it also features Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-crash Proactive Occupant Protection and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System,.
The new infotainment system includes features like Android Auto, MirrorLink and Apple Carplay. Volkswagen is also expected to offer later variants with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The new 2016 VW Touran goes on sale starting this September in Europe.
[Source – TFLcar]