Volkswagen has unveiled its new Tristar concept at this week’s IAA show in Hannover, likely previewing the next Transporter.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original T3 Syncro concept - the original name for Volkswagen’s all-wheel-drive tech - the Tristar showcases new styling atop the platform of the current T5 model.
With the new-generation T6 Transporter expected to debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, this new Tristar concept is undoubtedly a first look at what we’ll see.
Moving away from the eT concept’s narrow headlight and grille design, this new concept wears larger eyes and a taller grille, connecting the Tristar’s look more with the current Transporter, along with recent concepts like the T-Roc SUV.
A slender new tail-light design features at the rear, set below the dropdown tailgate and sides.
The Tristar again utilises a four-wheel-drive package - Volkswagen’s 4Motion system - and a tall ride height for off-road capabilities.
Described by Volkswagen as the Tristar as “the Swiss Army knife” of utilities, the Tristar also packs a high-tech workspace into the extended cab design.
Inside, you’ll find a 20-inch table-style display, along with rotating seats for a compact office-like environment.
Of course, no office is complete without coffee, so the Tristar also boasts - you guessed it - an espresso machine.
Elsewhere in the cabin, the Tristar looks production-ready, with a typical Volkswagen dash, large centre display and driver controls all in situ. Volkswagen’s latest steering wheel design also features.
The concept measures 4788mm long and 2320mm wide, with an overall height of 2066mm - including a 30mm lift in the suspension.
Power in the concept is provided by Volkswagen’s 2.0 litre turbodiesel, delivering 150kW and 450Nm of torque, and matched to a seven-speed DSG auto.
When it eventually reaches production, the new T6 Transporter will reportedly also be offered with the new Passat’s 179kW turbodiesel engine.
Watch for more details to surface in the lead-up to next year’s Geneva Motor Show.