The sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter has been unveiled with, what can be best described as, an evolutionary design philosophy.
Motivation, at least in Europe, will primarily come via Volkswagen’s EA288 Nutz turbo-diesel engine. In the Transporter, the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine is available in four states of tune: 62kW, 75kW, 110kW and 150kW.
Petrol buyers can choose between a 110kW or 150kW version of the company’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. All models, both petrol and diesel, come fitted with automatic engine stop/start as standard.
Top-spec T6 Transporters come equipped with adaptive chassis control system — confusingly dubbed Dynamic Cruise Control — which features adjustable shocks that can be set to either comfort, normal or sport.
Models that concentrate on load carrying will again feature a barn-door-style tailgate, while passenger carrying variants are equipped with a lift-up hatch, with either electronic latching or automated operation available on higher-spec models.
Safety features available on the new Transporter range include adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking at speeds under 30km/h, automatic high-beam assist, a drowsiness warning system, automatic post-collision braking, and a windscreen with in-built heating elements.
All-wheel drive Transporters can be optioned up with hill descent control.
Colour and trim aside, the dashboard of the new Transporter looks almost exactly like the one fitted to last year’s Tristar concept.
In the centre of the dash, the T6 Transporter can be optioned with various touchscreen infotainment systems from Volkswagen’s passenger car line, including the Discover Media and Discover Media Plus units with satellite navigation.
Some Transporter variants are equipped with driver voice enhancement, which automatically picks up the driver’s voice, amplifies it and retransmits it over the car’s loudspeaker system.
For the Transporter’s European launch, there will be a limited model dubbed Generation Six, which features retro-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head- and tail-lights, front and rear parking sensors, electric folding wing mirrors, two-tone Alcantara-covered seats, climate control air-conditioning, and heated seats.
The new Transporter is expected to land in Australia from around the fourth quarter of this year.