TFL routinely heads up the Rocky Mountains in search of prototype vehicles draped in camouflage conducting their high altitude testing. Once in a while we manage to find a completely undisguised vehicle as in the case of this Volkswagen Touran. The Touran is a Golf-based minivan currently sold overseas. Currently in its second generation, the Touran comes with several options of gasoline and diesel engines, most notable is VW’s 2.0-liter TDI that was the focus of last year’s “dieselgate” scandal.
The Touran we caught up with was definitely diesel powered based on its engine note. It had no problem getting up the mountain as we were in hot pursuit thanks to what is most likely the 2.0-liter TDI that produces 251 lb-ft of torque. Our chase vehicle also had a 2.0-liter, but of the gas-fed variety.
Mini-minivans like this are very practical in other parts of the world where space is at a premium. Their shape maximizes interior volume while their relatively small footprint allows them to fit into tight parking spots. Take a look at the video above and tell us what you think… With the absence of the departed Scion xB and Mazda5, is there room in the U.S. market for a car-based box on wheels?