Volkswagen has revealed the first images of its revised Touran compact MPV, ahead of its world public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. 'ParkAssist' is added though (no more Reginald Molehusband parking blues for people lacking in spatial awareness and/or hand-eye-pedal coordination).
 
In appearance, the revised Touran has a new radiator grille and headlights which are similar to those of the recently launched Eos coupé cabriolet.  At the back, new rear lights and a modified bumper distinguish the new generation Touran.

The new Touran will be the first Volkswagen available with ParkAssist, an optional parking guidance system developed by Volkswagen engineers.  ParkAssist enables automatic parking, using front and rear ultrasonic sensors to detect available parking space and a control unit to calculate the ideal manoeuvring path. 

Acoustic and visual displays guide the driver to the correct parking start position, then once reverse gear is selected the car parks itself in under 15 seconds.  All the driver has to do in this time is accelerate and brake - the Touran does all the steering.  The system is likely to be available in the UK from June 2007.

The new Touran will go on sale in the UK early next year; prices will be confirmed closer to launch.  The current Touran went on sale in the UK in summer 2003 and over 32,700 units have been sold since launch.