The New Volkswagen Sharan Minivan Generation Is Preparing For Debut

Monday, July 20, 2009


For the first time Volkswagen Sharan minivan of the new generation, disguised as a cargo Caddy, lighted up on the different automotive sites three years ago. Then it all calmed with the occasional pop-up rumors about the ongoing developments of the machine. But just a few days before in one of the southern states of the U.S. almost ready Volkswagen Sharan was captured by several photographers.
Remember, that minivan of the current generation is already 14 years old. The latter made a major restyling in 2000. Brand new model will be on sale no earlier than the middle of the next year. Despite the early debut of next-generation Sharan little is known. According to preliminary data, in a minivan would have gasoline and diesel engines with power from 160 hp. It is also expected a «robot» DSG gearbox and all wheel drive version.
In the U.S., the second generation Sharan is likely to replace the model Routan – a twin brother of a minivan, made by Chrysler.
It will also have rear sliding doors - for better penetration of the salon. But will Sharan have more? Not sure. Insiders say that of their dimensions, the new Sharan is comparable with the old one. More details will come as we approach the official premiere scheduled for the spring motor show in Geneva.
As of 2007, the annual production for the Sharan is in the 50,000 unit range; it is sold in Europe, South Africa and some Asia-Pacific and Latin American countries. In Mexico it is available with the 1.8L Turbo 4 cil 150hp with 5 speed Tiptronic gearbox in Comfortline trim only, while in Argentina it is available with the 1.8L Turbo 4 cil, and the 1.9L TDI 4 cil 115hp in both 5 speed manual and 5 speed Tiptronic transmissions in Trendline trim only.

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