Volkswagen Australia recently announced a number of updates to its 2016 passenger model range, and it appears likely that some of those tweaks will flow through to the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range, too.
The updates announced for the Polo, Golf, Beetle, Scirocco, Jetta and Tiguan include new media systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as the addition of a standard reverse-view camera across the model ranges.
Volkswagen Australia has not confirmed that the changes will filter across to all of its commercial vehicle offerings – the Amarok ute, Caddy small van, Transporter mid-sized van and Crafter large van – but it seems likely that at least some variants will have the new media systems as standard, as well as reverse-view cameras on a number of variants.
CarAdvice recently attended the launch of the new Transporter van range in Sweden, where vehicles from across the T6 series including the Transporter van and the Caravelle and Multivan people-mover models were fitted with the new media system.
It is extremely likely that the Caravelle and Multivan models will get the media systems and cameras, and we’d expect to see a camera and touchscreen on most Transporter models, too.
The new-generation Caddy – which was revealed earlier this year and will arrive locally in November – has the brand’s Car Net capability, which is the label VW has given the interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It’s optional overseas, though.
But neither the Crafter nor the Amarok has been mentioned as receiving any such upgrades – though CarAdvice is aware that a 2016 model Amarok will arrive in the coming months, and it is likely that these technologies will be offered. That's despite the fact the 2015 Amarok launched just a few months back with a more concentrated offering.
Currently the Amarok comes with a reverse-view camera on the Highline and Ultimate models, while rival ute the Mitsubishi Triton has the potentially life-saving technology on all of its pick-up style utes (non cab-chassis). Toyota will do the same with its new HiLux due in a few months.
Volkswagen Australia public relations manager Kurt McGuiness told CarAdvice that the company is “interested if the technology is available” when it comes to offering reverse-view cameras more broadly across its model lines.
“If the market requires it, we’re always listening to the market’s needs and we will definitely consider it,” he said.
The new Caddy and Transporter ranges will arrive in Australia from November, with full specifications to be announced closer to that date.