VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS TRANSPORTER FACELIFT

Volkswagen has officially revealed the look of the facelifted Transporter, with the heavily updated van revealed in panel van and double-cab pick-up format.

The new version will be officially referred to as the T6.1 and it comes with a wide selection of updates to the looks – inside and out – and to the technology on offer.

News-25th May 2019-Ford Transporter-Image 1The front end gets the most striking update, with a totally redesigned front grille. Where there were two grilles previously, separated by a horizontal bumper, there is now just one. This serves a visual and practical purpose, with the larger intake necessary for the latest engines. At the back are new T-shaped LED taillights.

The Transporter gets a selection of diesel engines, ranging in power from 90hp up to 199hp. A 110hp and 150hp complete the engine offerings at launch.

A host of new kit joins the Transporter’s standard offering as part of the facelift.

Cross wind assist is offered as standard, thanks to a new electromechanical steering system, while the system also means that the T6.1 can come with park assist, lane keep assist and a trailer assist system that can take care of reversing while towing. Hill start and post-collision braking systems are also standard.

The biggest technological changes are in the cabin, where there is a new digitised dashboard, similar to those in the VW Group’s passenger cars. It can come with an infotainment touchscreen as wide as 9.2 inches, which can be voice controlled. A 6.5-inch version comes as standard on lower models. Apple CarPlay can also be controlled wirelessly, while an inductive charging station can keep a phone’s battery topped up.

Practical new features include a locking storage box in the front passenger bench, a load-through system that helps it take longer loads, a new 230v power socket in the driver’s seat and new bulkhead options. The latter enables the load length to be increased to as much as 3,300mm in the longer version

The Transporter version is set to be revealed later in 2019, with an on-sale date anticipated to be much later this year.

Tom Webster