Crossovers are rapidly replacing MPVs as the popular way to haul a family, but these new spy shots show that Volkswagen isn't ready to abandon this MPV market entirely. This test mule allegedly goes under the name Variosport and is VW's single potential replacement for both the Golf Sportsvan and Touran from the European lineup.

Gallery: Volkswagen Variosport spy shots

The simple shape of a MPV doesn't leave designers a lot of room to get creative, and VW's team keeps things basic here. There's a simple, downward sweeping nose. The arched roof lends a sleeker silhouette, though. The vehicle sticks with conventionally hinged doors rather than the sliding.

Volkswagen Variosport Test Mule

The Variosport reportedly rides on a version of the updated MQB platform from the next-gen Golf. However, the van would be 4.7-metres long, making it quite a bit larger than the brand's bread-and-butter hatchback. Buyers could get the MPV with five- or seven-seat versions of the cabin.

A rumour indicates that the Variosport would have swivelling seats in the second row, and occupants back there would get separate infotainment screens. Modern driver assistance features would make driving with a car-load of people a little easier.

Volkswagen Variosport Test Mule

Using the MQB platform means there are a wide variety of powertrains that would fit under the bonnet. Most of the options would be tunes of 1.5- or 2.0-litre turbocharged engines. Mild hybrid and PHEV variants would be among the choices, too.

The Variosport is likely to be a Europe-only model since it's replacing two models available here. Plus, the Chrysler based Routan is dead in the United States, and VW doesn't seem interested in re-entering the American MPV market until the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept arrives.

Source: Automedia