Sharan to launch with technical update

Sharan to launch with technical update

Geneva International Motor Show

Jeudi 19 février 2015 — Show premiere of the technically updated Sharan:
Volkswagen MPV launches with new engines and assistance systems


Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto available for new infotainment systems
New TSI and TDI engines for the Sharan deliver an improvement in fuel
efficiency of up to 15 per cent


Ten key facts about the technical update of 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.


Wolfsburg / Geneva, March 2015. At this year's Geneva
International Motor Show (March 3-15), Volkswagen will be
presenting an extensive technical update of the Sharan, of which
over 800,000 units have been sold. This includes numerous systems
to assist the driver and enhance convenience and comfort, some
features being unique to this market segment. In addition,
Volkswagen is offering a completely new line-up of infotainment
systems. These deliver a maximum degree of connectivity; for the
first time, MirrorLink™, CarPlay (Apple), and Android Auto
(Google) are also being offered as options. In addition, the petrol
(TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines are completely new; they are all as
powerful as they are efficient. The turbocharged direct injection
engines are now up to 15 per cent more fuel-efficient and all now
comply fully with the Euro-6 standard. The two new TSI engines
produce 110 kW / 150 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS, and the highest
powered petrol engine produces 15 kW / 20 PS more power. The
three new TDI engines are available at these power levels: 85 kW /
115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS (gain of 10 PS) and 135 kW / 184 PS (gain
of 7 PS). All engines, except the smallest diesel model, can be
combined with an agile 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), which
now provides a coasting function for additional fuel-saving
(decoupling of the engine during deceleration). The DSG
transmission is standard with the top engine with 220 PS. As an
alternative, the 150 PS TDI engine is also available with 4MOTION
all-wheel drive.


New driver assistance systems. The new driver assistance systems
of the Sharan represent a new class level. The Automatic Post-
Collision Braking system is installed as standard. The optional Front
Assist ambient traffic monitoring system alerts the driver if the
distance to the vehicle ahead is too short and applies the brakes as
necessary. The integrated City Emergency Braking function
automatically initiates an emergency stop at speeds of under 30 km/h
if a collision is imminent. For the first time, the Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) system is also available on the Sharan. The electronic
parking brake system features an Auto Hold function as standard in

the case of both manual and DSG gearbox versions; this prevents
unwanted rolling of the vehicle. Other new additions to the range of
optional features are the third generation Park Assist system
(assisted parking and exiting from parking spaces) and the Blind
Spot Monitor (alerts drivers to the presence of vehicles in the blind
spot when changing lanes) – it also includes Rear Traffic Alert, a
system that warns of cross traffic when reversing out of parking
places.


Optimised exterior and interior. Exterior design details of the
Sharan have been sharpened. The rear light cluster in LED
technology presents a more concise light signature. The range of
wheel selections has also been extended – by the new 16-inch
"Jakarta" alloy wheels, among others, and two new body colours are
available: "Hudson Bay Blue Metallic" and "Crimson Red Metallic".
The interior has been optimised as well: the dial graphics in the
instrument cluster have been redesigned, as has the steering wheel.
Providing the finishing touches to the updated interior are three new
trim designs: Platinum Silver (Trendline), Piano Black (Highline)
and Mirror Oak (optional for Comfortline and Highline) upgrade the
dashboard and the door trim. Modified steering wheels and a
massage function for the optional 12-way seats optimise interior
ergonomics. In addition, the Sharan can be ordered with high-quality
Vienna leather; it features an exclusive embossed diamond pattern.
Second generation modular infotainment platform. The line-up of
radio and radio-navigation systems range is entirely new; as in new
models such as the Passat, the Sharan now benefits from the second
generation modular infotainment platform. The optional touchscreen
devices for the MPV provide maximum connectivity. Also, the
Sharan becomes one of the first Volkswagen vehicles that can be
fitted with App Connect. Various apps can be integrated into the new
infotainment system via MirrorLink™, Android Auto (Google), and
CarPlay (Apple). The systems also impress with fast processors (for
optimised boot-up, quick route calculation, optimal touchscreen
performance) and high-resolution displays (in the 6.5-inch systems).

The Sharan is available with either the 5-inch "Composition Colour"
system or the 6.5-inch systems "Composition Media" or "Discover
Media" (with navigation).


New standards of space access and utilisation. With access to the
rear seating compartment via two sliding doors, which are fitted as
standard, the Sharan is one of the most successful MPVs in its class.
Key reasons for this are its variability and exceptionally good
interior space. The Sharan is available in three basic interior layouts
comprising five, six or seven seats. The EasyFold seat design, with
its quick-to-use folding mechanism, makes it easy for users to stow
the individual seats of the second and third rows into the floor of the
vehicle. This maximises the vehicle's variability. The passenger seats
in the second row can be repositioned laterally, and the backs can be
adjusted over an angle of 20 degrees. The Sharan is also
characterised by the same level of quality, ergonomic perfection and
intuitive operability that has made Volkswagen the leading vehicle
brand in Europe and China. Features such as two integrated child
seats, up to nine air bags and a maximum luggage capacity of 2,430
litres also speak for themselves.


Especially successful in Europe and Asia. Thanks to its good allround
capabilities, over 200,000 units of the current generation
model have already been sold, and well over 800,000 people have
already chosen the Volkswagen MPV since the market launch of the
Sharan. Based on its variability, the latest Sharan version will fulfil
the requirements of a diverse range of target groups and types of
uses. Worth noting is the fact that in China – one of the strongest
markets for Sharan sales – the MPV is primarily used as a spacious
and sophisticated business vehicle. By contrast, in Germany – the
most important individual market – the Sharan is overwhelmingly
preferred by families. Other key sales markets for the Volkswagen
MPV, after Germany and China, are the United Kingdom, Austria,
Japan, and France.
Two limited edition models at debut. At its market launch,
Volkswagen will also be introducing two high-end customised

limited edition models, the Sharan Ocean and Sharan Beach, to
supplement the Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline equipment
lines. These models will come in "Hudson Bay Blue Metallic"
(Ocean) or "Crimson Red" (Beach) – two new colours that are
making their debut exclusively in the special edition models.
Expanded options for exterior equipment include the newly designed
"Jakarta" 16-inch alloy wheels and silver roof rails. Furthermore, the
two exclusive versions arrive as standard with the assistance systems
ACC (adaptive cruise control), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic
Alert, Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and Park Assist
(park steering assistant) including Park Pilot. Other standard features
include a special seat upholstery design with contrasting stitching
coordinated with the body colour, a multi-function steering wheel,
gear lever gaiter with coordinated decorative stitching, electric
sliding doors for the rear seating areas and the Climatronic automatic
climate control system. The package is rounded out by limited
edition badges on the wings, the "Ocean" or "Beach" logo on the
passenger side dashboard trim and the relevant badge on the door sill
plates. The new Sharan will launch in Europe in July, and advance
sales in Germany will begin in April.