Volkswagen’s Sharan MPV has just received some technical updates and will be shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. According to the German carmaker, the new Sharan will be available with a wide range of infotainment system that guarantees full connectivity to plenty of smartphones, but also with numerous convenience and assistance systems.
As a result, the 2015 Sharan arrives with standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as well as optional assistance systems such as ambient traffic monitoring system Front Assist with integrated City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), but also the 3rd generation of Park Assist and the Blind Spot Monitor.
The engines are now up to 15 percent more fuel-efficient and all conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard. The Sharan is available with two TSI petrol engines that produce 150 hp (110 kW) and 220 hp (162 kW), which means that the power of the strongest petrol engines is increased by 20 hp (15 kW).
Meanwhile, diesel engines are offered at three power levels: 115 hp (85 kW), 150 hp (110 kW) and 184 hp (135 kW). All engines, except the 115 hp TDI, can be equipped with the 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). When it comes to connectivity, the Sharan is one of the first VW vehicles to get the “App Connect”. If you want more, you can get lots of apps using MirrorLink, Android Auto (Google) and Car Play (Apple).
Volkswagen will be offering the new Sharan in three trim levels: Trendline (base), Comfortline (mid-level) and Highline (exclusive). At launch, the new Sharan will be available in two highly customized special models: the Sharan Ocean and Sharan Beach.
As standard, the Sharan is offered as a five-seater, although it is also available as a six-seater and seven-seater. When configured as a six-seater, its second and third seating rows each feature two seats with padded armrests. The second row now has no middle seat, with the two remaining seats arranged towards the center. When availed as a seven-seater, the second row of the Sharan retains its three individual seats just like on the five-seater, while the third row is provided with two individual seats. As standard, both the six- and seven-seater versions are equipped with the Climatronic 3-zone automatic air conditioning as well as EasyEntry system for the third row.
Volkswagen has equipped the base Sharan Trendline with generous levels of standard equipment. Safety elements include seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Driver Alert System.
Also included are a Tire Monitoring Indicator and electric handbrake with Hill Hold and Auto Hold functions. Likewise provided are ISOFIX child seat anchor points on the second and third rows of seats as well as electric child safety locks on the rear doors. The new Sharan Trendline also features the ESC electronic stabilization program, which includes ABS, Brake Assist, EDS, counter steering assistance and trailer stabilization.
On the exterior, the Trendline trim comes fitted with new LED rear lights, daytime running lights, LED number plate lighting as well as two chrome bars on the top section of the radiator grille. It is also fitted with electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors with integrated LED indicator lights, wing mirror housing, tinted heat-absorbing windows, plus bumper, as well as body-colored door handles. The new Sharan Trendline rides on 16-inch steel wheels shod with 205 tires.
Moving inside, the Sharan Trendline is equipped with a height-adjustable driver's seat, fabric seat covers in the 'Campus' pattern, as well as a height- and length-adjustable arm rest with a storage bin. Featuring a decorative trim in 'Platinum Silver,' this version has chrome-rimmed switches for the lights and hazard warning lights. This version also features an automatic door-locking system that activates when the vehicle starts moving. In terms of convenience, the Sharan Trendlines has up to 33 storage compartments, bag hooks in the luggage compartment, a luggage compartment cover, as well as a luggage compartment floor with lockable compartments for the five-seater.