Volkswagen’s new ‘T6’ Transporter has been revealed this week, arriving as the latest model in a line that claims around 12 million sales since its 1950 debut.
If this new model looks much the same as its predecessor, that’s deliberate: maintaining its classically boxy look, Volkswagen says the Transporter has been “modernised cautiously”.
The German carmaker’s established passenger and commercial styling language again features with this new T6 Transporter, with large rectangular headlights flanking a broad three-louvre grille design.
Likewise, the new Transporter’s interior has been upgraded to reflect the look and style of Volkswagen’s wider range, with an all-new dash and the company’s new steering wheel design.
Up-spec models feature a large centre display, gloss-black surfaces and silver highlights, while entry and mid-range models boast a more hard-wearing design.
Commercial versions of the new T6 feature a cargo-focused rear space with barn-style doors, while passenger models get a hatch that is powered in up-spec models.
As for what lies beneath the skin, Volkswagen has yet to confirm details of the new model’s architecture. Reports suggest the new Transporter may be underpinned by the new MQB platform that features with the brand’s wider line-up, although it may be an upgraded version of the ‘T’ platform that the previous two generations of Transporter have been built on.
Up-spec models in the new range are equipped with Volkswagen’s adaptive chassis control (dubbed ‘Dynamic Cruise Control’), offering Comfort, Normal and Sport modes for the adjustable shock absorbers.
A special 'Generation Six' model will also be offered at launch in Europe, celebrating the Transporter's 65 year lineage.
That model will feature classic two-tone paint options, LED headlights, chrome accents, 18-inch 'Disc' alloy wheels and an Alcantara interior trim.
Powertrains in European models will include four tunes of Volkswagen’s EA288 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine, with outputs rated at 62kW, 75kW, 110kW and 150kW.
A 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol option will also be offered in 110and 150kW states of tune.
Australian details are still to be revealed. In its current form, the local Transporter line-up is offered with three diesel options: the 75kW TDI250, the 103kW TDI340 and the top-shelf 132kW TDI400.
Watch for the new Transporter to make its Australian debut toward the end of 2015 or early in 2016.
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