Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted September 20, 2016 12:12
Taller, more rugged Transporter van revealed
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter is now ready to take on the outdoors after the company revealed the special edition Multivan Panamericana. Blending van ride quaility with off-road capability , the Panamericana bridges the gap of owning a people carrier and an out-and-about SUV.
Compared to standard Transporter vans, the Panamericana gets an extra 20mm of ground clearance, along with bigger 17-inch alloy wheels. Also providing body and chassis protection are the specially painted front and rear bumpers, front and rear skid plates and a stone guard liner along the side sills.
Also present on the new van are the smoked LED taillights, tinted rear windows and the texture-finished front and rear bumpers which gives the Panamericana a stylish look according to Volkswagen.
Stepping inside, the cockpit gets a multifunction steering wheel and gear knob wrapped in leather, automatic climate control, stainless steel pedals and entry lights. It also gets two-tone seats with Alcantara padding and rubber floor mats. Available as optional extras are the checker floor plate and the full leather upholstery.
Engine choices for the Multivan Panamericana include five turbo-diesels and two gasoline-fed engines. One of the available engines is a new TDI which produces 114 PS. According to Volkswagen, the new motor is a good compromise between the 101 PS and 148 PS turbo-diesels.
Volkswagen's 4MOTION AWD system will come as standard on the Panamericana though the automaker did say that the van can be specified for FWD.