A new Sportline variant of the latest T6 Volkswagen Transporter has been released for overseas markets, transforming the humble light-commercial vehicle into an uber-cool people-mover.
Based on the 2016 Volkswagen Transporter kombi Highline variant, the new Volkswagen Transporter Sportline is said to combine “sporty” design features with additional equipment to “give driver and passengers an even more comfortable and engaging ride”.
Riding on lowered suspension and 18-inch ‘bi-colour’ black and silver alloy wheels, the six-seat Transporter Sportline features unique front and rear bumpers, carbon-fibre mirror caps, along with “trapezoid styling bars with puddle lights”. It also has a neat rear wing and ‘Sportline’ badging to top off the exterior look.
The cabin hasn’t been overlooked either, with the Sportline receiving embossed, black and red leather upholstery, ‘Sportline’ floor mats, and a Discover Media touchscreen with satellite navigation. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK also says the first raft of kombi Sportline models built will additionally receive LED headlights and tail-lights, front parking sensors, a USB input, and App Connect for smartphone integration.
Powered by the regular T32 kombi’s engine and gearbox combination, the Sportline is motivated by a 132kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic.
Priced in the UK from £36,295 ($63,000), the T32-based 2016 Volkswagen Transporter Sportline might be the one that’s grabbed your attention, but our pick would be to wait for the 150kW six-speed manual version – or even the long-wheelbase variant – available for order from later in the year ahead of a 2017 delivery. Boom!
Though not on sale locally, Aussie T6 Transporter fans can still get into a 132kW/400Nm short-wheelbase six-speed manual TDI400 for $40,590 (before on-road costs), or opt for a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG for $43,490 (before on-road costs).
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