The brand new Volkswagen Multivan has been revealed, marking some of the important reinventions for the corporate’s largest MPV in its 71-year historical past.
Volkswagen has ditched the Caravelle name to replicate the MPV’s complete reinvention and the truth that it now not shares its underpinnings with the Transporter commercial van. It’s successfully now a standalone mannequin, with the commercially centered Transporter mannequin quickly to get replaced by a Ford-built successor, twinned with the Transit.
As an alternative, the seven-seater has made the change over to an prolonged model of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which can be utilized by the Seat Tarraco, Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.
That change paves the way in which for a raft of landmark technological, stylistic and ergonomic enhancements, whereas additionally permitting the MPV to undertake its first ever plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Multivan eHybrid pairs a 148bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with a 114bhp electrical motor on the entrance axle for a mixed output of 215bhp, whereas a 13kWh battery beneath the ground permits for electric-only operating on “quick city journeys” – Volkswagen has instructed a most EV vary of round 31 miles.
Additionally out there are 1.5-litre and a couple of.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines, plus a 201bhp diesel will be part of the line-up subsequent 12 months.
Whereas the PHEV will get its personal six-speed dual-clutch (DSG) gearbox, the traditional petrol variants use a well-known eight-speed merchandise.
Together with the mechanical revisions, the seven-seater has been fully redesigned, with stylistic nods to the 1985 T3-generation Transporter amongst its defining options.
In typical vogue, it is out there in a horizontally cut up two-tone livery, however a full-width grille and sharp LED lights set it clearly other than the outgoing Caravelle.
As commonplace, the Multivan measures 1941mm extensive, 4973mm lengthy and 1903mm excessive (a 5173mm-long extended-wheelbase choice can be out there), making it barely bigger total than the T6-generation mannequin. Improved aerodynamics are claimed to enhance effectivity, too.
Volkswagen claims the Multivan is “extra versatile and spacious than ever” inside, highlighting a brand new modular seating system and multifunction desk. The 5 rear seats will be eliminated solely, whereas the second row will be spun round to create a social seating association.