Even though the production version isn't expected until the 2014 model year, a mule for the Volkswagen Touran was spotted testing at the Nürburgring. Not only that, it got in the 'Ring practically naked: all of its important bits are exposed, save for a little camo around the headlights and lower bumper.

Based on the MQB platform that supports the recently introduced MkVII Golf, the small people mover's track and wheelbase have grown slightly – you can see where the current Touran body it wears has been given a little extra length, as well as wheel arches. The main event is up front, with a complete overhaul of the hood and front fascia that falls in line with the current corporate styling language. Since the Touran will benefit from the MQB's lighter platform, there's reason to expect that it'll be less hefty than the outgoing model.

The new range of gasoline and diesel engines should slot underhood, and Auto Moto und Sport predicts that a 138-horsepower, 1.4-liter TSI with cylinder deactivation will be among those offered.

Educated guesses pick the 2014 Touran's introduction to happen at next year's Geneva Motor Show or the Frankurt Motor Show. In its nine years and three generations we've never had the Touran on sale in the U.S. That's not really a surprise since small minivans are more of a Euro specialty. But with the VW Group's product range multiplying like rabbits to meet its 2018 sales goal, could this Touran be the generation that books a trip across the Atlantic?


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      A.H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um...I just realised that they're testing the Touran on the Nürburgring. A 7 Seater MPV testing on the Nürburgring...what the?
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A.H
        Is it really so hard to understand why a manufacturer might want to work out suspension settings in a natural laboratory with over a hundred unique curves, famously crappy pavement, and every combination of traction and weight-shift imaginable? They're not setting lap times, they're seeing how the thing reacts at the limit of adhesion and grip. And if you know anything at all about cars, I shouldn't have to tell you that.
        2o6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A.H
        Why are you surprised? Every manufacturer tests out everything on the Nurburgring. Setting a quick lap time might not be their goal, but getting numbers for suspension limits would be. They want the car to be able to go around a curve with some verve with a little bit of composure.
        A.H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A.H
        Also does this mean an R version of the Touran? =D
      dubber12.baronovich
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a current Tiguan driver I would really like to have access to this vehicle because I need the three rows and efficiency. More space with car like driving dynamics. They should import this.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW should build Micro bus concept in TDI. Nice retro lines and amazing fuel economy. It'd be really cool if Volkswagen brought back the westy/california to north america.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Routan was the dumbest car decision ever!!!! And VW made that decision LMAO!!!. Selling out and having another manufacturer make your product is pure stupidity!!!!!
      forraymond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Rabbit that needs Jenny Craig!!!
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW copied their attractive US Routan design with grill update. Nice stance ! Should handle better than the old top heavy design
      ihatemacs9
      • 2 Years Ago
      seriously???? a touran on the 'ring? unless sabine schmitz is behind the wheel trying to beat 10 minute mark, what were you thinking?
      ec8094
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is an important car category and it is realllllllyyyyyy frustrating that VW, Ford, GM/Opel, ,etc. refuse to provide us with the option to buy a car in this category. These are the most efficient 7 passenger vehicles in the world. But can we in the US have them? No, they want to extort north of $30,000 from us if we want 7 seats, and force us to by some 4500 lb three row monster. This is a perfect example of why the free market system does not work.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ec8094
        The slightly larger Sharan would probably be a better car for North America.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ec8094
        You are the biggest idiot of all time. This is indeed a perfect example of how the free market works.....the market makes what the majority of people want to buy....not what an elitist Euro-trash snob think US drivers should drive. Typical leftist moron: Jam what you THINK Americans SHOULD drive, not what they WANT to drive. Do us all a favor, go live where the free market does not exist.....if you are really that stupid, you need to get some mental help.
          Mr.Roadrage
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A P
          Perhaps while you're cleaning the spittle off your keyboard you can take a few deep breaths and get a little perspective. Hurling crude abuse at people because you don't like their opinion about a car really makes you look small.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ec8094
        On the contrary, if the market were more free, odds are we'd have these vehciels more readily available here. It's actually the lack of freedom in the market that keeps options like this away.
      Mohammed Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Not only that, it got in the 'Ring practically naked: all of its important bits are exposed, save for a little camo around the headlights and lower bumper" Like who would care if the "important parts" of this POS are exposed or not?
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        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's a full size SUV with a V10 torque monster diesel. This is a FWD 7 seater minivan.
        A.H
        • 2 Years Ago
        Also, wrong article.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Last time I drove one of these in Germany, it was excellent (2009 model, 100hp TDI, 6-speed manual). Real shame they don't offer it here. The 'mini' vans sold here by Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler, or GM are too large and too thirsty. The Opel Zafira is in the same class and also a good people mover/stuff-hauler. The Chrysler-based minivan sold by VW is pointless (if you want a Chrysler chassis & engine, buy one).
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