- 2021 Volkswagen Multivan & 2021 Volkswagen Caravelle unveiled locally
- Transporter-based people movers for families and businesses
- Choice of front- or all-wheel drive
- Updated tech and safety
- Price between $58,990 plus on-road costs to $87,990 plus on-road costs
The 2021 Volkswagen Multivan and the larger 2021 Volkswagen Caravelle have been updated for the new year, with the people-movers getting a new 'T6.1' designation to mark a facelift to the T6.
This 2021 update brings improvements to standard inclusions, as well as technology and safety equipment, across both seven-seat Multivan and nine-seat Caravelle variants.
New safety technology includes Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (CEB), Crosswind Assist, Side Assist (including blind spot monitoring), Rear Traffic Alert, and Multi-collision brake.
Entry-level models get a 6.5-inch infotainment display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, while more expensive variants get a bigger 9.2-inch system and digital instrument cluster.
2021 Volkswagen Multivan T6.1 price and specs
The 2021 Volkswagen Multivan range comes with a wide variety of sizes, layouts, powertrains and specifications to choose from, and looks to compete with the likes of the Kia Carnival and Honda Odyssey in the people mover segment.
The Multivan fits seven on-board, with two occupants in the first and second rows, and three in the rearmost row.
The short wheelbase Multivan starts with Comfortline Premium, which is powered by the 110kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel TDI340 powertrain, running through a seven-speed dual-clutch 'DSG' automatic gearbox and the option of '4Motion' all-wheel drive.
Comfortline Premium can be had as a long wheelbase version, and can also be optioned with Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
Top specification is Highline, which gets the more powerful 145kW/450Nm TDI450 engine and a host of additional improvements inside and out. This variant only comes in short wheelbase format.
If it’s space and niceties you crave, then the long-wheelbase Multivan in Comfortline Exec, powered by the 145kW TDI450 engine and room for seven on-board will be what you are looking for. As the name indicates, this is aimed towards business and executive use, and comes with most premium interior and exterior options ticked, along with the most powerful drivetrain.
There's a new special edition Multivan as well, which is called 'Cruise'. Priced from $73,990 plus on-road costs, the Multivan Cruise gets things like LED headlights, two-tone microfleece seating upholstery and the larger 9.2-inch infotainment display. There's also a choice of three two-tone paint options, 18-inch alloy wheels and electric power sliding doors and tailgate.
The 2021 Volkswagen Multivan T6.1 pricing starts from $61,990 plus on-road costs for the Comfortline Premium SWB TDI340 with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, and goes up to $87,990 plus on-road costs for the Multivan Comfortline Exec.
2021 Volkswagen Caravelle T6.1 price and specs
This long-wheelbase people mover aimed at big families and growing businesses alike, with seating for up to nine on-board through the versatile and configurable seat rail system. Coming to Australia in Trendline specification, the Caravelle is priced from $58,990 plus on-road costs and sits on the longer 3400mm wheelbase.
Standard kit includes a 6.5-inch infotainment display, 16-inch alloy wheels, three zone climate control and the new suite of safety technology. Caravelle is powered by by the 110kW/340Nm TDI340 turbo diesel engine, going to the front wheels via a seven-speed automatic and without the option of all-wheel drive.
2021 Volkswagen Multivan and Caravelle Australian pricing
- Caravelle Trendline LWB TDI340 FWD – $58,990
- Multivan Comfortline Premium SWB TDI340 FWD – $61,990
- Multivan Comfortline Premium SWB TDI340 AWD – $64,990
- Multivan Comfortline Premium LWB TDI340 FWD – $64,990
- Multivan Comfortline Premium LWB TDI340 AWD – $67,990
- Multivan Cruise Special Edition SWB TDI340 FWD – $73,990
- Multivan Highline SWB TDI340 FWD – $84,990
- Multivan Highline SWB TDI340 AWD – $87,990
- Multivan Comfortlight Exec LWB TDI450 FWD – $87,990
Note: Pricing excludes on-road costs.