The new Volkswagen Sharan

2015 Geneva Motor Show Preview: VW to Introduce the New Sharan

Europe gets the cool stuff when it comes to cars.  Even in multi-purpose vehicles, or MPVs.  Take a look at the new VW Sharan, to be introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.  The Sharan is VW’s 7-seater, their people mover, their version of the Jeep Commander, the Chevy Traverse, or the Mazda CX-9.  The Sharan is a staple in the VW line, and has sold over 800,000 units since the 90’s.

What makes it new?  VW calls it a “Technical Update”.  Usually that means a few nips and tucks here and there.  Here’s what “Technical Update” means for the Sharan:

  1. The Sharan is launching with a completely new engine range
  2. The new TSI and TDI engines of the Sharan provide an increase in fuel efficiency of up to 15 per cent; all engines conform to the Euro-6 standard
  3. New Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert enhance vehicle safety
  4. New range of infotainment systems, now with Android Auto (Google), CarPlay (Apple) and MirrorLink™
  5. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking are available in the Sharan for the first time ever
  6. The new Automatic Post-Collision Braking system is now fitted as standard, as is an Auto Hold function for the electronic parking brake
  7. The Sharan makes its debut with new LED rear lights and new alloy wheels
  8. Interior is upgraded with more sophisticated accents and materials as well as enhanced instrumentation.
  9. European market launch of the Sharan begins in July with advance sales starting in Germany in April.
  10. At market launch Volkswagen will be offering two exclusive limited edition models: the Sharan Beach and the Sharan Ocean.

 

So…lets dig into #4 “new range of infotainment”.  This loosely translates into a teenage geek’s dream.  AppConnect is the direction VW wants to go with in-car entertainment and onboard information.  At last month’s CES, the automaker did quite the dog-and-pony show on what AppConnect can do.  We’ve got it for you below:

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