Volkswagen's people carrier is getting a much needed upgrade for the digital age. Not only can the Transporter carry people from point A to point B, it can now also connect to the internet, browse through points of interests, as well as follow voice commands with ease.
It's the sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter Multivan (dubbed T6.1) and it features a new front end, more standard amenities and safety assist systems, upgraded turbo-diesel engines and the option of having it powered solely by electricity.
Beginning with its exterior, the T6.1 Multivan now comes with a sharper-looking front end. It gets narrower headlights as well as a bigger front grill with a unique 'crossbar' design that gives the van a more purposeful look. Adding to the already stylish front fascia are the new LED headlights which also give the Multivan a more upscale appearance. Additional chrome trim, along with a wide range of wheels and exterior colors can be added for those that prefer a flashier-looking van.
Pictures of the Multivan's interior have yet to be released. However, Volkswagen did mention that it now comes with a plethora of displays and cutting-edge systems. For starters, the 2019 Multivan now features a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel that can be set to 2 configurations. The first one features two dials, along with a center display that can show a user's phonebook, navigation or the media display. The second configuration, on the other hand, displays a wider view without the dials.
Besides having a digital instrument display, the Multivan also gets a new infotainment system with builit-in navigation. It's available in either 8-inch or 9.2-inch displays and comes with an integrated SIM card (eSIM). With it, new online-based functions and services are now available at the driver's disposal. Then there's the addition of wireless Apple Carplay with voice control, allowing users to easily browse and control their phone remotely.
Under the hood, the Multivan 6.1 is powered by a Euro6, 2.0-liter TDI turbo-diesel engine that is available in various states of tune. The range starts with 90 PS and is followed up by a 110 PS version. For those that need more oomph, there is the 150 PS variant along with the bi-turbo version which generates 199 PS. Both the 150 PS and 199 PS variants are available with a dual-clutch gearbox and can be specified with 4Motion all-wheel drive. The rest of the range, however, is only available with a manual gearbox.
There is also the option of having the Multivan powered by electricity. Thanks to a 112 PS electric motor and a battery capacity of either 38.8 kWh or 77.6 kWh, Volkswagen claims that the electric Multivan is capable of driving up to 400 km on a single charge in urban driving conditions.
New active safety systems were also installed on the 2019 Multivan T6.1. These include: cross wind assist which helps stabilize steering when the vehicle is hit with strong winds, lane-keep assist, automatic parking assist, trailer assist, road sign assist as well as reverse parking assist.
The new Volkswagen Multivan T6.1 will be available in Europe at around Q3 of 2019.