Volkswagen Routan SEL

From VW press:

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced new features and updates to the 2011 Routan that will enhance the consumer’s driving experience. With space for up to seven adults and their belongings, amenities similar to those of a home theater, and a maximum towing capacity of 3,600 lbs, the 2011 Routan can go the distance without leaving anyone, or anything, behind. The Routan combines German sensibilities in design, fit and finish, with refined ride and handling characteristics, all while delivering outstanding value.

New for the 2011 model year, all Routans are powered by a new 3.6L engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which provides 283 horsepower and 260 lbs./ft. of torque. The 2011 Routan is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Function follows form in the 2011 Routan with EPA fuel economy numbers of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the 3.6L. The Routan is offered in seven trim levels with pricing starting under $27,000, making it standout in the segment a true driver’s minivan.

To accommodate the needs of today’s families, the Routan features standard 12V power outlets and an available 115V AC outlet for powering up phones, MP3 players, and game consoles. For 2011, all-new Sierra Stone beige interior color is available in Leatherette or Leather seating surfaces. New perforated front row seating with pillow top armrests and second row captain’s chairs offer an increased level of luxury and comfort. The convenience of a traditional minivan is here with up to 144 cubic feet of space available with the second row removed, and the third row stowed.
All 2011 Routan models include an all new leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-function controls, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a full assortment of gauges to keep the driver in the know. Underfoot is a high-density carpet, complete with matching floor mats, which add to the overall interior appeal.

Additional intelligent storage solutions can be found with dual glove boxes, a floor console with cup holders, an available highline console with a large storage compartment, available ceiling storage, door sill and rear quarter storage bins, various cargo nets, and a variety of coat and bag and purse hooks throughout. Airline style LED reading lights are ready in all three seating rows, while sunshades keep unwanted light from shining through the power windows on the SE, SEL and SEL Premium models, in addition to standard privacy glass. For extra sunshine and fresh air, the SEL and SEL Premium add a power sunroof.

For the 2011 model, Garmin® Navigation is available for SE, while Sirius® Travel Link and integrated iPod® interface are added to Routan SEL w/Navigation. Detailed information for weather, skiing, fuel, movies, and sports is available with the Sirius Travel Link subscription. Additional functional features include a new fuel optimization switch allowing the driver to select an ECO mode which adjusts shift patterns to increase fuel economy.

As in previous models, the 2011 Routan includes dual power sliding doors with power windows, power fold third row seating for extra storage room or “tailgating” function, and no less than thirteen cup holders.

Remote keyless entry with an available remote vehicle start system provides an extra level of comfort on a cold or hot day.

Gallery: Volkswagen Routan SEL