The Seat Alhambra has disappeared from the configurator. And for the structurally identical VW Sharan, it will probably only be a matter of time before it is dropped by the group. Finally, there is now the T7 Multivan on the MQB platform. And the MEB model ID.Buzz is only a blink of an eye away from its premiere. This unofficial rendering shows why VW should not simply bury this vehicle shape.
With the van on the two digital creations of KDesign AG (you will find the link to the website and the Instagram channel at the end of this article) but it is not a potential successor to a Sharan. Rather, the renderings from 2020 show what a second generation of a VW Routan could look like.
For us Europeans, the name Routan is perhaps a little less familiar. The model was a product resulting from a badge engineering project between VW and Chrysler. So the VW van was based on a Chrysler Voyager and was offered in North America between 2008 and 2014. With rather moderate success. Drinkable V6 engines and incredibly poor workmanship ensured that the line was drawn after only 57,683 units were produced.
The new model, on the other hand, could – like the T7 Multivan – be based on the modular transverse matrix or – like the ID.Buzz – on the modular electrical matrix. This would make more modern drives possible, PHEV models or fully electric versions. The processing quality would also do something. Although the current VW models don’t necessarily excel in this area either.
Visually, however, this van design would always be a welcome option. The front bears the current design of models such as the Golf or the Arteon. Only the light bar between the headlights is missing. The rear, with its lighting unit across the entire width of the vehicle, is reminiscent of the ID.4 or ID.5.
In terms of dimensions, a potential Routan would be about as long and wide as a T7 Multivan, but modular platforms have the positive property that they can be scaled. So a smaller Sharan (or even an even smaller Touran) could look exactly the same and be produced for the European market. Just a thought, VW…