We won’t see the new Transporter until the middle of next year at the earliest. Volkswagen has never had such a worker.
The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Multivan has been on the market since the beginning of last year, but we will have to wait for the Transporter or Caravelle until the beginning of 2025, when sales will start. That’s a long time, but again there is something to look forward to, because the current model is significantly superior in almost all respects.
The dimensions of the seventh generation are behind the overall increase in utility value. The novelty will be extended to 5050 mm (+146 mm), with a wheelbase increased to 3100 (+97 mm) or 3500 mm depending on the version. A basic and elevated roof will also be available, with a dynamic load of 170 kg (+20 kg). The width of 2032 mm (+128 mm) is positively reflected in the cargo space, where you measure 1392 mm (+148 mm) between the wheel arches. Its total volume is 5.8 cubic meters in the basic configuration, and increases to 9 cubic meters in the case of the largest version.
Because more can now fit in the back, the payload for diesel engines has increased from 1.2 to 1.3 tons. The 110 kW diesel will tow a braked trailer up to 2.5 tonnes, while the more powerful 125 kW version is limited to 2.8 tonnes.
When we touched on the drives, in the first phase the Transporter will be powered by a range of diesel engines with outputs of 81 kW, 110 kW and 125 kW. The base model comes with front-wheel drive, as does a 171kW plug-in hybrid that comes later. Diesel versions with power from 110 kW can also be purchased as a four-wheeler.
The line-up will be completed by an electric car with a basic output of 85 kW and a 54 kWh battery. The more powerful versions with 100 kW, 160 kW and 210 kW will have an 83 kWh battery. Initially, they will have rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive will soon arrive. The body variants will offer a sheet metal van, a partially glazed station wagon, a version with a partition and a flatbed with a double cabin. For the first time, it will be possible to put a high roof even on a short wheelbase. The choice of two-leaf or one-piece rear doors will remain.
Standard equipment will include front and rear LED headlights, an electronic parking brake, an active anti-collision assistant, traffic sign reading, lane keeping and a rain sensor. Inside, you’ll find a 12-inch instrument panel, 13-inch infotainment with online services and smartphone mirroring, and a multifunction steering wheel.