Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have shown the new Transporter 6.1 for the first time on Monday 8 April at bauma 2019, the world's largest trade fair for construction machinery and appliances, in Munich.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles chose the suffix 6.1 for this update because the technical changes made go beyond those for a normal model improvement. Chief among these is a switch from hydraulic to electro-mechanical power steering – a change so complex that it normally happens only when moving to the next generation of a product line. The move allows the introduction of new driver assistance systems such as lane assist, park assist, side protection, rear traffic alert (protection when reversing out of a parking space) and trailer assist (aids manoeuvring a trailer).
Transporter 6.1 has been enhanced by a redesigned cab which has a 230-volt electric socket by the driver's seat and a lockable compartment under the passenger double bench seat. A new way of loading long items of cargo means they can now be pushed under the double bench. This increases the maximum length for cargo from 2,450mm to 2,800mm for the short wheelbase van and from 2,900mm to 3,300mm for the long wheelbase. The T6.1 also has a separate cargo space locking system as standard (panel van and Kombi with bulkhead). This allows the cargo compartment to be locked up separately from the cab.
Transporter 6.1 gets electric windows, central locking, electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors, new H7 headlights, energy-efficient interior LED lights and the Composition Audio radio system with Bluetooth hands-free function as standard.
The Transporter 6.1 is being launched with efficient 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines that deliver 90PS, 110PS, 150PS or 199PS and all fulfil the Euro-6d-TEMP emissions standard. The 150 and 199 PS versions will be available with 4MOTION all-wheel drive as an option. Through a partnership with ABT, the Transporter 6.1 will also be offered as a zero-emission vehicle (112PS) with a payload of almost 1.2 tonnes. Battery capacities of up to 77.6 kWh enable driving ranges of more than 240 miles when tested on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – making the electric versions ideal for commercial use in the urban world.
The bauma 2019 fair runs from 8 to 14 April,wWith half a million visitors expected from more than 200 countries.
*Final UK specifications are still to be decided.