Order books are now open at Volkswagen’s UK Van Centres for the company’s Transporter 6.1. For the T6.1 panel van and kombi models, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles 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 (denoting GVW eg 2600kg) in short or long wheelbase and with 2.0-litre TDI 89, 99 or 148 bhp engines. Highline models are also offered with a 2.0-litre 196 bhp TDI with standard seven-speed DSG gearbox; 4MOTION four-wheel drive is available in combination with certain 148 and 196 bhp units.
All models have an enhanced specification compared to previous models, with a new electro-mechanical power steering system not only improving on-road performance, but also enabling the fitment of a number of standard and optional safety and assistance features. These include, as standard, 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), as well as the options of park assist, lane assist, side protection, trailer assist, rear traffic alert and traffic sign recognition.
Most notable inside the Transporter 6.1 are all new infotainment systems: 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 now 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.
Adding the option of We Connect Plus adds a host of other functions 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 (via the ‘Hey Volkswagen’ control), web radio and media streaming. Data comes from telephony partner Cubic Telekom’s package or personal mobile phone hotspot.
Also available as an option for the first time on passenger carrying models (standard on Caravelle Executive) is the digital cockpit, a fully digital representation of the instrument cluster, with 10.25-inch full-colour digital display and numerous personalisation options.
Prices for the new panel van start from £21,635 (excl VAT and OTR) for the entry-level T26 Startline 89 bhp SWB, and rise to £36,915 for the T32 Highline LWB with 196 bhp with DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive. All have enhanced spec compared to T6 models. Kombi prices start from £25,000 (excl VAT and OTR); 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 now, with full pricing and vehicle data published in November, ahead of first UK customer deliveries in March 2020.