The New ​Transporter 6.1

​Hi-tech transformation brings the Transporter into the digital age ​

Introduction​

From the original split-screen T1 to the latest generation T6, Volkswagen has produced over twelve million Transporters worldwide. Now the T6.1 gains a significant upgrade in connected technologies, delivering car-like levels of infotainment, safety and communications for drivers and operators.


Design

The lines of the Transporter 6.1 will be instantly familiar to those who know and love the T6, but to mark its high-tech transformation the VW design team has introduced a few notable changes. From the outside you’ll spot the redesigned front end with its larger air intake and slimline grille, flanked by high-intensity H7 headlights and daytime running lights. Rear lights, too, are efficient and bright LED units.


Inside, the dashboard, steering wheel and supportive seats give driver and passengers a truly car-like experience. Handy features include a 230-volt electric socket at the driver's seat and a lockable compartment in the double bench seat on the passenger side.

Transporter 6.1

Performance

For the new T6.1, VW has revised its Engine line-up for increased efficiency and environmental performance. The front-drive T6.1 is offered with a choice of four power outputs, all based on a 2.0-litre turbodiesel that all comply with the Euro-6d-TEMP-EVAP emissions standard. The base model offers 90PS, up from the 84PS of its predecessor. Moving up the range there are 110PS and 150PS models, while the flagship is a 199PS TDI bi-turbo. The 150PS model has the option of dual-clutch (DSG) gearbox while the 199PS model has DSG as standard. These two top models are also available with the option of 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Technology

The big news for the T6.1 is undoubtedly its digital features, which include electro-mechanical steering that allows for the inclusion of advanced safety systems. Inside the cabin, there’s a choice of 8-inch Discover Media and 9.2-inch Discover Pro systems with redesigned graphics and button layout. Drivers can personalise the home screen to show individually-configured apps, while the standout feature is an integrated SIM card (eSIM), which comes as standard with Composition Colour and is available as an option on Composition Audio. Internet connectivity allows the driver to access internet radio and music streaming, as well as connecting to the new “Volkswagen We” world of online services. Instrumentation is conveyed via a 10.25-inch digital cockpit, with switchable displays and high-contrast graphics.



Transporter 6.1

Safety

Swapping conventional power steering for an electro-mechanical system allows Volkswagen to include safety technologies such as Cross-Wind Assist that automatically compensates for gusts that might otherwise push the Transporter off its chosen course, and Lane Assist which detects road markings to keep the vehicle in its lane. Optional Park Assist simplifies manoeuvring into and out of tight spaces by steering automatically, leaving the driver to operate the pedals. Thanks to the onboard eSIM, in the event of an accident eCall automatically sends the vehicle location to an emergency response centre and establishes a voice connection. If the driver doesn’t respond, eCall automatically informs emergency services.

Verdict

For all the fanfare about the new digital systems on board, this is still a Transporter with all its qualities of versatility and reliability that has won it so many faithful customers down the years. The T6.1 narrows the gap between a van driving experience and that of a car driver. By updating its assistance and infotainment systems and adding connectivity, Volkswagen has once again created a van that’s state-of-the-art.

Transporter 6.1

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