Likely a response to slowing demand for diesel-powered vehicles in Europe, the German van now gets the choice of the company's 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine, available in two states of tune depending on the transmission chosen.
The entry-level 110kW/280Nm version is available solely with a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive, while the peppier 150kW/350Nm tune is equipped exclusively to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch shifter, and is available in both front- and 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Maximum torque is available from 1500 to 3750rpm for the 110kW engine, and the higher-output version sees all 350Nm available from 1500 to 4000rpm.
The company says the new engine options are perfect for drivers and operators who cover low miles annually and prefer the more "agile" performance of petrol engines.
While not confirmed for our market currently, Volkswagen's local arm is considering the Transporter 2.0 TSI models for our market.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, said: "We are looking at it closely. It would be a matter of landing it at the right price."