Buick GL8 is known to being one of the biggest in the league of minivans but despite that, Volkswagen is trying to catch up by offering a really luxurious and spacious alternative in the market. The new Volkswagen Viloran is an absolute game changer in the minivan market offering everything from space to high tech.
The Viloran, is a joint product in partnership with SAIC, and it just debuted at the Auto Guangzhou. One odd thing about Minivans in the past is the fact that they mostly look alike but that changed rather quickly. While there is a little bit of a similarity between the Viloran and the Chrysler Pacifica, a much closer look reveals the minivan took after Volkswagen’s own Sharan MPV with the front fascia of a Tuareg SUV.
More details about the Viloran includes an added character of strong lines along it’s flanks which gives the texture to the car’s length which is about 209 inches long, the MPV is 18 inches longer than the Sharan or 5 inches longer than the Pacifica.
Volkswagen made it known that it’s decision to make the car much longer is to give it a much larger executive room . The Viloran has 3 sliding doors at both sides of the car which reveals it’s 2-2-3 seating formation with the second row being a reclining captain’s chairs that can be electrically operated giving access to it’s footrest as well.
Other noticeable features includes it’s panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assistant, cameras surrounding the vehicle, and a “Royal Hall-level Dynaudio” stereo system.
Built on the MQB platform, the engine is believed to be a 2.0-liter EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder with 217 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, shifting through a seven-speed DSG transmission. Only the front wheels are driven for now. It’s not clear yet if all-wheel drive will be offered, nor if the Viloran will be exported to other markets.
Volkswagen is constantly pushing it’s limits especially trying to convince the Chinese market. The company said it will sell more than 3 million cars in China this year for the third consecutive time as it increased it’s market share almost at full percentage point.
The aim being ‘to become the preferred brand of consumers in all relevant market segments in China,’ VW has launched five new models there this year and has another five new models planned for 2020. As part of that effort, VW and local partner FAW are expected to release a crossover version of the Viloran.