OFFICIAL IMAGES and details of the 2010 Volkswagen Transporter have been revealed by Volkswagen ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut next month.
To be introduced as a 'facelift' update to the current model, the 2010 Transporter wears front styling more in line with the company's new family face, first shown locally on the 2009 Golf VI (review).
The current fifth-generation Transporter it replaces, which carried a headlight and grille treatment similar to the fourth-generation Bora/Jetta sedan, was launched in 2003.
The Transporter is Volkswagen's best-selling model worldwide, with over one million of the current fifth-generation vans sold since 2003, and over 10 million since the Transporter debuted in 1950.
Power is derived from a new range of four 2.0 litre four-cylinder common-rail TDI engines, with power outputs of 62kW and 220Nm of torque from 1500rpm, 76kW with 250Nm from 1500rpm, 104kW with 340Nm at 1,750rpm, and 135kW with 400Nm from 1500rpm.
New options available for the Transporter include Volkswagen's seven-speed DSG transmission, also to be paired later next year with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.
Side Assist lane change assistant alerts drivers of vehicles in the van's blind spot via LED lights in the side mirrors.
Rear Assist reversing camera, a tyre monitor display for monitoring tyre pressure, ESP, hill-start assistant are all new to the Transporter's options list.
Pricing and international launch details will be revealed closer to the new Transporter's unveiling at Frankfurt next month.
Light Commercial Vehicle testing undertaken by ANCAP saw the 2009 Volkswagen Transporter achieve a 4-Star rating, out of a possible 5-Stars, making it among the safest vans available in Australia.