Volkswagen Sharan again updatedDecember 14, 2018
The second-generation Sharan is produced from 2010, and in 2015 survived the first planned update, during which it received a refreshed exterior and interior design, an expanded range of power units and additional positions in the list of options.
The current upgrade is timed to the Euro 6d-TEMP environmental standards that came into force in September – they are now answered by all Sharan engines. True, there are only two engines left: a 1.4 TSI petrol with 150 hp, which was equipped with a diesel particulate filter, and a 2.0-liter urea diesel engine with 150 or 172 hp. The most powerful 220-horsepower petrol unit with a volume of 2.0 liters was sent to resign. Both of the remaining engines can be combined with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a DSG “robot”, and the four-wheel drive system with multi-plate power take-off clutch for the rear wheels is also available for diesel Sharan.
The design of the minivan has not changed in any way, but now it is possible to order the Black Style package, which includes a black roof, black roof rails, black side window frames, tinted rear windows, black exterior mirror hats, black side moldings, cast 17-inch wheel Odessa wheels with black sections, adaptive headlights and two-tone leather upholstery.
Sharan’s basic package now includes an automatic emergency braking system, a lane control system, a rain sensor, a dimming salon rear-view mirror, and a multifunction steering wheel. In Germany, the simplest updated Sharan in Trendline equipment costs 34,850 euros, and the Black Style package is available only in conjunction with the Comfortline package at a price of 42,375 euros.
In the withering European segment of full-size minivans, Ford Galaxy and S-Max are now leading, which, by the way, also recently experienced another update: from January to October this sold 10,286 and 19,806 units, respectively (i.e. 30,092 for two, since Galaxy and S-Max is essentially one model). VW Sharan sold over the same period a circulation of 17,572 copies, and its Spanish brother Seat Alhambra found 19,327 buyers. As competitors, it is also conditionally possible to record Renault Espace, which the French company now calls the crossover: for ten months of 2018, 10,812 units were sold. There are, of course, 7-seater compact van in the market, for example, VW Touran, but they have third-row inferior ones, adults are crowded there, while in the minivans it is still possible to seat high passengers with acceptable comfort.
It is curious that neither Ford nor VW say whether their descendants will have their minivans. In the traditional form, most likely not, but it is known that VW is preparing an I.D. electric van. Buzz on the modular MEB platform, which can share with Ford. The fact is that VW and Ford are on the verge of creating a full-fledged alliance, while Ford has previously stated that cars are no longer its priority product. Car connoisseurs remember that in the first generation VW Sharan and the Ford Galaxy were already clones, so the story can repeat itself, but already on a new technological revolution.