The all new Transporter 6.1 was revealed this week at bauma 2019, the world's largest trade fair for construction machinery and appliances, in Munich.
The panel van and double cab pick-up were on display at the fair, preceding the Kombi and single cab pick-up versions also planned.
Model 6.1 incorporates significant technical changes, chief among these is a switch from hydraulic to electro-mechanical power steering. 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.
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.
The bauma 2019 fair runs from 8 to 14 April and half a million visitors are expected from more than 200 countries.
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*Final UK specifications are still to be decided.