The all-new third-generation Volkswagen Sharan was unveiled at Geneva. Bigger and more flexible than before, the MPV aims to keep its leading sales position in Europe.

Volkswagen has introduced the all-new Sharan MPV at the Geneva Motor Show. This is the third-generation version of the model and is the biggest one yet. It measures 4.85 metres long, 1.9m wide but 1.72m lower. The wheelbase is 2.92m long.

Designed by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff (the VW brand's Chief Designer), the Sharan reflects the company's new design philosophy. The front end features styling such as the gloss black bars across the radiator grille, integrated chrome clips and a chrome VW logo. Optional bi-xenon lights can be ordered and they come with LED daytime running lights.

Another new feature is the rear sliding door aimed at making rear access easier. A choice of three base version interiors with five, six or seven seats will be available. There is also the flexible EasyFold seat system that allows seats on the second and third rows to be easily stowed away in the floor.

Some interior appointments include an electrically operated panoramic sliding roof, a 3-zone climate control system and a radio/ CD sound system as standard.

The Sharan will initially be offered with four direct injection turbo petrol (TSI) and turbo diesel (TDI) engines. At the base is a 110 kW (150 PS) TSI motor, followed by a 147 kW (200 PS) version. The TDIs push out 103 kW (140 PS) and 125 kW (170 PS) each respectively. VW says the 103kW TDI averages 5.5 litres per 100km (51.4 mpg) and returns 145g/km in C02 emissions from its 70 litre fuel tank.

In European markets where it will first be available, the all-new Sharan can be ordered from this month. A full market launch is scheduled for the coming summer.

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