The Volkswagen Tristar concept was revealed overnight at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover, and it previews the look of the next-generation Transporter.

Volkswagen Tristar concept - front

Reports indicate that the next-generation Transporter will debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show that takes place in March. It's expected that the next Transporter will feature a new body draped over a reworked version of the chassis used in the current Transporter range.

With LED headlights, twin-bar grille and a rectilinear style, the short wheelbase, extended cab Tristar features a new, yet very familiar look.

Volkswagen Tristar concept - rear

Under the concept car's plastic fender extensions are chunky off-road tyres wrapped around 17-inch alloy wheels. According to Volkswagen, the Tristar has an extra 30mm of ground clearance compared to regular Transporters.

The Tristar's tray bed has a split-level design, with an underfloor storage area capable of hiding some items away from the elements.

Volkswagen Tristar concept - tray

The Tristar measures almost 4.8 metres from nose to tail, is 2.32m wide and has a roof that's 2.07m off the ground. Although it can only seat two people, both the driver's and passenger's seats can slide and turn, and behind the driver's seat there's a 20-inch tablet computer on a swinging arm and videoconferencing equipment.

The cabin is also equipped with a large touchscreen entertainment system, plenty of faux metal trim and a much more modern dashboard design than the current Transporter.

Volkswagen Tristar concept - interior

Powering the concept car is a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor with 150kW of power and 450Nm of torque at its disposal. Built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Syncro, Volkswagen's first branded all-wheel system, the Tristar sends its power to all four wheels.

Teamed up with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, Volkswagen claims that the Tristar can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 10 seconds and hit a top speed of 185km/h.

Volkswagen Tristar concept - interior rear section

Der Spiegel claims that the next-generation Transporter will feature the top-of-the-line 179kW turbo-diesel from the new Passat.