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Volkswagen AG’s new third-generation Sharan debuting at the Geneva auto show is longer, wider and offers a completely new lineup of powertrains.

Revamped both inside and out, only the sun visors carry over from the current model to the new one, VW says.

Created under the direction of Walter de Silva, chief designer for the VW Group, and brand design head Klaus Bischoff, the Sharan sports the VW brand’s latest signature styling theme that includes a black horizontal grille with chrome VW badge, chiseled sides and integrated roof-edged spoiler.

The new model measures 190.9 ins. (485.0 cm) in length and is 8.7 ins. (22 cm) longer than the current Sharan. It also has grown 3.6 ins. (9.2 cm) in width and is 0.5 ins. (1.2 cm) lower in profile.

The new van can be had with seating for six or seven people, the latter with 2-3-2 seating.

Three trim levels will be available, Trendline (base), Comfortline (mid-level) and Highline. Standard equipment includes seven airbags (including a knee airbag for the driver), electronic stability control and tire-pressure sensors.

Upper level models feature bigger wheels and tires, and the Highline edition includes leather seats, floor lights in the first two rows, a multifunction display and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector.

Powerplants include two TDI diesels (138 hp to 168 hp) and two TSI gasoline engines (148 hp and 197 hp). The 138-hp 2.0L diesel is rated at 51 mpg (5.5 L/100 km), VW says, while boasting a top speed of 119 mph (194 km/h). Both diesels are fitted with a selective catalytic reduction system.

All of the engines will be available with VW’s dual-clutch DSG transmission, and all-wheel drive continues to be offered in the revamped Sharan.

The new model will be available for order later this month and deliveries will get under way this summer.