Geneva motor show launch for first new Sharan in 15 years
2 March 2010

Volkswagen has launched a replacement for its ageing Sharan MPV at the Geneva motor show - and insiders have admitted the car is two years later than originally planned after the initial design was canned by company boss Martin Winterkorn.

The current Sharan has been around since 1995 and the new model will be the first car to be built on VW’s new, flexible MQB platform. It is 220mm longer, 92mm wider and 12mm lower than the outgoing model, but it weighs 30kg less than its predecessor. The wheelbase has been extended by 75mm, which has boosted interior space.

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The new Sharan keeps its rear sliding doors and the third row of seats can be moved back and forth 160mm to accommodate both adults and children. Both the second and third row of seats fold flat.

Styling mirrors that of VW’s other recently-introduced models, including the front-end seen on the new Golf, Polo and Touareg models.

Two petrol and two diesel engines are available from launch - a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI which has 38.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 172g/km, a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol which has 32.8mpg and 201g/km and two 2.0-litre TDI units, available with either 138bhp or 168bhp.

The new Sharan is expected to go on sale in the UK from October priced between £23,000 and £33,000.

It is the sister car to the Seat Alhambra, a new version of which is expected to be launched shortly after the Sharan.

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23 February 2010

It does strike me as odd that it's taken this long when the sister car - Ford's Galaxy - was replaced several years ago. I mean, this is just about the world's biggest car-maker we're talking here. It's found the money to make huge losses on the Veyron, it's found the money for the R8 and the Gallardo, plus the Mulsanne, it's found the money for endless expansion of every single platform in its armoury, yet it didn't bring out a car it needed to remain competitive about seven years ago. Weird or what? Still, as I've just said on another thread (that regarding the new baby Saab), it's better late than never.

23 February 2010

I too am surprised VW have taken so long to bring out a replacement. Interesting that they are using it to debut the MQB platform.

23 February 2010

Wasnt the new Seat Ibiza the first model to preview the new MQB Platform? Followed by the New Polo and Audi A1...

23 February 2010

why do vw continue to make there mpv's look bland! there is nothing to get excited about with the looks of this car and a lot of vw's! i hope the rest under the blanket looks better

23 February 2010

It'll go down well in the far east I guess, but for me, the circus tent/unmade bed look is a bit naff even for an MPV. Must make visibility an issue too.

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23 February 2010

Is a Petrol/Sail power hybrid ?

23 February 2010

new gold ? must have missed that VW model out l0l..... must mean the GOLF :)

P.S I know iam being a geek about the spelling l0l

23 February 2010

[quote Quattro369]Wasnt the new Seat Ibiza the first model to preview the new MQB Platform? Followed by the New Polo and Audi A1...[/quote]

No, they are on PQ25

23 February 2010

[quote J400uk]I too am surprised VW have taken so long to bring out a replacement. Interesting that they are using it to debut the MQB platform.[/quote]

When I first started working for a VW retailer back in 2003 we were told on a product training course that they would be stopping production the following year! I guess they had other priorities. I wasn't at all fussed about the car and I am not ashamed to say that in the 6 or so years since then I have never sold a new one, I think it's only rental fleets and private hire that bothered with it. The new one has the potential to be class leader and fingers crossed I may get excited enough to sell one or two!

23 February 2010

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... it looks like an obese Polo.

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