Although now into its third generation since first appearing in 2003, the Touran has never been offered in Australia.
Instead, Volkswagen Australia has looked to the utility-based Caddy Maxi Life for sales in the small people-mover market.
However, growing local interest in the ‘compact MPV’ segment - which includes the likes of BMW’s Active Tourer, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Citroen C4 Picasso and the Kia Rondo - could at last see the Touran given a local berth.
But, if the Touran does come here, it won’t be anytime soon.
Speaking with TMR today, Volkswagen Australia’s Kurt McGuinness confirmed the business has no plans for a local debut, “but we will continue to monitor the segment”.
That upgrade means a stronger build and a 62kg lighter kerb weight than the previous Golf 5-based model.
Available in five- and seven-seat form, the new Touran slots in between a pair of other overseas VWs: the smaller Golf SportsVan and the larger Sharan people-mover.
A line-up of petrol and diesel engines will be offered with the new Touran, ranging in outputs from 80 to 132kW (petrol) and 80 to 140kW (diesel).
Watch for the new Touran to debut in Geneva next month.