Volkswagen in Europe has pulled the covers from a brand new ‘T7’ Multivan people-carrier. It’s much less van-like and extra SUV-like than its predecessors.
The brand new Multivan rides on the MQB structure that underpins the overwhelming majority of Volkswagen’s passenger automotive vary. Thus for the primary time the Multivan isn’t straight associated to the Transporter business van.
The present T6 Transporter will proceed in manufacturing, and is predicted to get replaced within the not-too-distant future by a mannequin based mostly on the Ford Transit.
Measuring 4973mm lengthy, 1941mm broad, as much as 1903mm tall, and using on a 3124mm wheelbase, the Multivan ought to have loads of house for seven passengers and all their gear.
Even with all three seating rows in place the Multivan has 469 litres of bags house. Folding down the final row permits the automotive to hold 1850L of stuff. Eradicating the second row completely boosts capability to 3672L.
A prolonged mannequin that’s 5173mm lengthy can also be obtainable. This variant can carry as much as 4053L with solely the entrance row in place.
Volkswagen says the seats within the second and third row are 25 per cent lighter to make seat elimination a much less back-breaking course of. Because the second row can swivel as much as 180 levels, passengers within the again can face each other.
An obtainable desk mounted on a central observe completes the mini-boardroom really feel.
For these sitting up entrance there’s a ten.25-inch instrumentation show, a ten.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and two USB-C ports. Out there options embody wi-fi smartphone charging, and a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system with a 840W amplifier.
Commonplace security objects embody autonomous emergency braking, highway signal recognition and lane maintaining help. A semi-autonomous driving mode that makes use of the adaptive cruise management and lane maintaining programs is an possibility in Europe, as is a surround-view digicam setup.
The headline drivetrain possibility is a brand new plug-in hybrid setup, dubbed eHybrid, which mates a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with a 85kW electrical motor and a six-speed twin clutch transmission.
A 13kWh lithium-ion battery mounted underneath the ground ought to present sufficient juice for emissions-free metropolis driving, though Volkswagen hasn’t supplied a WLTP vary determine.
There are two different four-cylinder turbo petrol drivetrain choices: a 100kW 1.5-litre, and a 150kW 2.0-litre. Diesel patrons are served by a 110kW 2.0-litre.
These three engines drive the entrance wheels by way of a seven-speed twin clutch transmission.
After quite a few teasers and spy pictures, the Multivan’s design isn’t an enormous shock.
In a break with earlier fashions, the bottom of the A-pillars have been moved ahead and the bonnet flattened out. Skinny LED lights are normal at each ends, and matrix LED headlights can be found on high-end fashions.
Volkswagen Australia says it isn’t but capable of verify when the brand new Multivan will come right here to sort out the Kia Carnival, Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Staria.
The corporate at the moment sells the Transporter-based T6.1 Multivan vary right here.
“We don’t have an ETA however we have an interest. The T6.1 nonetheless has plenty of life but and it’s doing very nicely for us,” an organization spokesman instructed us in the present day.
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