VW teases with new Sharan

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Volkswagen has revealed the new face of its next Sharan MPV ahead of the car's official unveiling at Geneva.

The car appears under a white sheet on Volkswagen's German website next to a timer counting down to its motor show debut. Keen to build some excitement around the new MPV, VW lifted the covers long enough for the image to be cut and pasted onto a number of motoring websites.

Volkswagen's prolonged teasing is somewhat ironic considering the fact it has taken the manufacturer 15 years to replace the current Sharan. The aging seven-seat MPV has been around since 1995, making it one of the longest serving models still on sale in Europe.

It would be a mistake to expect anything too dramatic from the new car either. Beneath the covers, the Sharan appears to conform to similar proportions to the current car, and predictably, VW's new corporate nose has been grafted onto the front.

Thing's are mildly more interesting underneath as the Sharan will be the first car built on Volkswagen's MQB platform, a modular affair set to underpin a whole range of new models. Expect the manufacturer's usual choice of petrol and diesel engines to feature under the bonnet.

Doubtless the car's interior will take a big step forward in terms of quality and spaciousness, and it would be a shock if VW didn't introduce flexible seating configurations after several (all) of its competitors have moved the game along since the Sharan was launched in 1995.

The new car will go on sale in the UK before the end of the year, with prices expected to start at around £22,000.