Official debut of Volkswagen Touran was at moto-show in Amsterdam in February 2003. It received modern look, which was performed in the same style as the recent cars of Volkswagen Company. It took his name from the combination of two words «Tour» and «Sharan» - its oldest “brother”. Touran was built at the platform of the model Golf V. But constructors used new back axle with four- lever suspension and electro-mechanic booster of the steering mechanism. Passenger compartment allow with comfort allocate 7 people. Even so overall dimensions ere not very huge: length – 4390 mm, width – 1790 mm and height – 1630 mm. Touran is offered in three different types of packaging arrangements.
Basic version is assigned to 5 people, with volume of luggage compartment of 600 liters. In addition costumers can install two more separate chairs which in case of necessary could be put down easily and keep under the floor. Also all of the chairs of the passenger compartment could be transformed if needed. It counts more than 500 different combinations of the chairs’ configurations. Wide defense system include safety seat belt for each if the seat, ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), BAS (Brake Assist System), 6 airbags for both driver and passengers and disk brakes for all wheels (at the front side with interior ventilation). Distinguishing characteristic of the compact van is availability of the space for different types of luggage, gloves compartment, shelves, case-goods and other modules (up to 39 pcs).
Wide base packaging arrangement includes in addition central block system of the locks with remote control, exterior rear-view mirror with electric control and heating, as well as electric window raiser. Scale of the engines include: 1.6-liter with 115 hp, FSI with direct injection system, and two turbo-diesels – 1.9-liter (101 hp) and 2.0-liter (136 hp). Conservative driver can find 103 hp gasoline engine with traditional injection system. All the models FSI and TDI are equipped with 6-step mechanical transmission. 6-step automatic transmission is an option.