|The new Volkswagen Sharan. Click to enlarge.|
Volkswagen is introducing the third generation of its popular Sharan van (some 600,000 units already sold worldwide) at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Sharan, which now offers sliding doors in the back, features two new diesel and two new gasoline engine options and DSG transmission system.
The Sharan’s four direct injection turbo gasoline (TSI) and turbo diesel (TDI) engines are up to 21% more fuel-efficient than their predecessors. The two TSI engines deliver 110 kW/150 PS (148 hp) and 147 kW/200 PS (197 hp), while the TDIs develop 103 kW/140 PS (138 hp) and 125 kW/170 PS (168 hp).
The engines use a stop-start system and energy recuperation (recovery of kinetic energy, which gets temporarily stored in the battery). With average consumption of 5.3 liters per 100 km (44.4 mpg US), equivalent to 145 g/km of CO2, the 140 PS version of the Sharan 2.0 TDI sets a new benchmark for fuel efficiency in this segment of the market, according to Volkswagen. Top speed is 194 km/h (119 mph).
Both TDIs are also fitted with an SCR catalytic converter for NOx aftertreatment. For the first time, all of these Euro-5 engines will be available in combination with Volkswagen’s direct shift gearbox (DSG); in the case of the 200 PS TSI, DSG comes as standard.