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.
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.
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.
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.
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.