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Not long since the launch of the third-generation Volkswagen Touran at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and already the rumour mill is abuzz with word on the existence of the Volkswagen Cross Touran. Adding fuel to the fire (in a good way) is rendering whiz, Theophilus Chin, who has provided us with his take on the MPV.

As is the case with Cross variants of several Volkswagen models, the Volkswagen Cross Touran sports a more aggressive outlook which includes a chiselled lower lip with chrome accents. Viewed from its side, the renderings appear to show the MPV with a slightly higher ride height. Also, in true Cross spirit, the wheel arch and side skirts are trimmed in contrasting black body cladding for that added visual muscle.

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Moving on to the rear, the chrome treatment continues with a single bar spanning the entire length of the lower diffuser, also presented here in black. Elsewhere, a steel skid plate mounted down low and angular dual exhaust outlets complete the look.

The third-generation Volkswagen Touran is based on the MQB platform and is offered with a range of powerplants. On the petrol side, three options are available – a 1.2 TSI with 110 hp, a 1.4 TSI with 150 hp and a 1.8 TSI with 180 hp. Diesel options include a 1.6 TDI with 110 hp and a 2.0 TDI with 150 and 190 hp.

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Transmission choices include a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG (only on the 2.0 TDI) and a seven-speed DSG. Fuel efficiency is further improved via the inclusion of a start/stop system and a brake energy recovery system.

Back on Malaysian soil, only the Volkswagen Cross Touran is on sale, with prices starting from RM170,608. Offered exclusively in 1.4 TSI trim, the CBU from Germany MPV comes powered by a 1.4 litre twin-charged inline four-cylinder engine producing 138 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Power gets transferred to the front wheels via a dry seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

GALLERY: Third-generation Volkswagen Touran