Order books open for updated Volkswagen Transporter

Orders can now be placed for the updated Volkswagen Transporter 6.1, which has been given a new look on the outside and range of digital technology on the inside.

For the T6.1 panel van and kombi models, Volkswagen is reducing complexity and offering only Startline and Highline models, with Sportline to follow later. The Startline will be available in T26 (SWB only), T28, T30 and T32 in short or long wheelbase and with 2.0-litre TDI 90, 100 or 150 hp engines.

Highline models are also offered with a 2.0-litre 199 hp TDI with standard seven-speed automatic gearbox; four-wheel drive is available in combination with certain 150 and 199 hp units.

Volkswagen has upped the spec on the new Transporter compared to its previous iteration. For example, there is a new electro-mechanical power steering system, designed to improve on-road performance and enable a range of standard and optional safety and assistance features to be fitted.

Standard safety features include driving steering recommendation and crosswind assist, on top of the previous model’s automatic post-collision braking system, front assist with city emergency braking, driver alert and trailer stabilisation. Options include park assist, lane assist, side protection, trailer assist, rear traffic alert and traffic sign recognition.

In addition, the Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 has been fitted with all new infotainment systems including Composition Colour, Discover Media with sat nav and Discover Pro. App Connect also now comes as standard to allow screen mirroring of mobile phones and access to certain apps while on the move. Wireless App-Connect is available as an option for the first time.

All T6.1 models also feature an integrated SIM card (eSIM), which opens up a new range of online-based functions and services via We Connect – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ connectivity solution – including eCall, breakdown call, vehicle health report and driving data plus parking position.

Buyers can also choose from a range of other options, including online anti-theft alarm and speed alerts, ‘Beep and Flash’, Lock and Unlock, online route planning, info on filling stations and car parks, online voice control, web radio and media streaming.

Also available as an option for the first time on passenger carrying models is the digital cockpit, a fully digital representation of the instrument cluster, with ten-inch full-colour digital display and numerous personalisation options.

Prices for the new panel van start from £21,635 OTR, excluding VAT, for the entry-level T26 Startline 90hp SWB, and rise to £36,915 for the T32 Highline LWB with 199hp with DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive. Kombi prices start from £25,000 OTR, excluding VAT; Shuttle from £29,430 and Caravelle from £38,095. Shuttle, with five to nine seats, will be offered as before in S or SE trim; Caravelle as SE or Executive.

Customers can pre-order the updated Volkswagen Transporter now, with full pricing and vehicle data published in November, ahead of first UK customer deliveries in March 2020.

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a freelance journalist and former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK's biggest selling truck magazine. He writes for both The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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