12 April 2024
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Volkswagen teases first details of the new Transporter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has released details of the interior and load compartment of the new Transporter ahead of its launch in early 2025.

The new Transporter is 5,050 mm long – this represents an increase of 146 mm compared with the predecessor. The wheelbase has been extended by 97 mm to 3,100 mm, and there will be an optional 400 mm-longer wheelbase (total length: 5,450 mm). At 2,032 mm, the exterior width of the Transporter has grown by 128 mm compared with its predecessors (without exterior mirrors). The maximum width between the wheel housings has been significantly increased by 148 mm to 1,392 mm. This makes it easy to stow Euro pallets. Despite its size, the new Transporter with a height of less than 2.0 metres (normal roof) fits into all conventional multi-storey car parks.

The load compartment length on the floor of the normal-wheelbase Transporter is 2,602 mm – this corresponds to an additional 61 mm; with an extended wheelbase, the load compartment length grows to 3,002 mm. Thanks to the greater exterior length, width and wheelbase, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has been able to significantly enlarge the load capacity of the new Transporter.

The largest stowage volume with normal wheelbase and for all drive types has been practically increased by two moving boxes and is now 5.8 m3. The version with long wheelbase and high roof will accommodate up to 9.0 m3. The load compartment can be configured with various partition walls and individually tailored to a company’s specific requirements.

All owners of a T6.1 will be familiar with the typical high seat position, the wide door shoulders and the high position of the selector lever in the new Transporter generation. In front of the driver, the new digital cockpit landscape is easily visible. This consists of the freely configurable 12-inch instrument (Digital Cockpit with 30 cm diagonal) and the 13-inch touchscreen (33 cm diagonal) for the standard infotainment system (including DAB+ and wireless App Connect with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto).

Another standard feature: a new multifunction steering wheel with buttons that are easy to operate even when wearing gloves. As in the Multivan and ID. Buzz, the new Transporter now also has an electronic parking brake plus Auto-Hold function. Operation of the electronic parking brake has been moved to the dash panel, freeing up more space in the footwell for possible through-cab access to the rear – depending on the equipment.

As a panel van, the new Transporter is equipped with two individual seats at the front. Three seats are also optionally available in the front (driver’s seat plus two-seater bench seat). In addition, the Transporter can be equipped with up to three easily removable individual seats in the second seat row and – at a later date as Kombi (passenger car) – also with a three-passenger bench seat in the third seat row. As the only commercial vehicle in this class, the new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Transporter will also be available with a double cab for the dropside. In this case, there are six seats on board: the driver’s seat plus two-seater bench seat in the first seat row and a three-seater bench seat in the second seat row. Robust fabric designs as well as two leatherette variants are available as seat covers.

Drivers of the T6.1, Multivan and ID. Buzz will immediately find their way around the clear and self-explanatory menu structure of all displays and control panels. As usual, the light functions are arranged on the left next to the steering wheel, with the buttons for important vehicle functions, menus and audio volume on the right in a bar. The touchscreen of the infotainment system is located above this. At the bottom of the screen there is a permanent display bar with the main climate control functions including operation of the seat heating. The large home screen with freely assignable tiles is arranged in the middle. Above the home screen there is a permanent bar with a wide range of standard information (such as the outside temperature or the charge level of the smartphone) and a home button that takes you back to the main menu with just one click. The infotainment system can be optionally extended with a navigation system, the Volkswagen mobile online services of VW Connect and VW Connect Plus (standard with the navigation system), and a Harman Kardon sound system.

There is a stowage tray for smartphones in the centre console with an optional inductive charging function. Further devices can be charged using up to seven USB-C, USB-A and 12-volt interfaces. In addition, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers the new Transporter with an optional 230 V power hub (400 W) including converter to power large electrical devices of all kinds. There will also be an inverter with an output of 2.3 kW for the electric or electrified variants.

On the German market the new Transporter will be launched in early 2025. With significantly more standard equipment on board than the T6.1 and equipped with an 81 kW (110 PS) turbodiesel engine (TDI), the Transporter will be offered here as a panel van from €36,780 and as a dropside with double cab from €39,130 (net). All Transporter customers will receive a binding price guarantee until delivery in the coming year. Pre-sales have already started in Germany and are running promisingly.