Volkswagen unveils the all-new Multivan
A seventh generation more connected than ever
For its seventh generation, the Volkswagen Multivan is undergoing a technical revolution as it is now based on the MQB platform used by many of the group's compact cars. This will allow the van to use much more modern technologies than in the past, such as a plug-in hybrid version for the very first time.
Visually, however, Volkswagen is doing the Volkswagen thing, i.e. small, very timid changes in order not to outdate the previous model. The front end has slightly tapered lights that can be fitted with Matrix LED technology and a light strip as an option.
The front grille features honeycomb motifs like those on the ID electric range. The profile features an additional window in the A-pillar to improve visibility from the driver's seat. The rear has horizontal taillights on the tailgate.
The interior takes a digital leap forward with the adoption of the Golf's digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. The parking brake is electric and the gearshift is located on the dashboard thanks to the Shift by Wire function. Ambient lighting adds to the impression of an upmarket car.
Volkswagen claims that the seats are 25 percent lighter than in the previous model for easier handling. A new centre console slides throughout the cabin and provides a table. In terms of equipment, the new Multivan can be fitted with a panoramic sunroof, level 2 semi-autonomous driving and a head-up display.
Under the bonnet, the utility vehicle has been given a clean bill of health, as the DSG automatic gearbox is standard on all versions. The vehicle is initially equipped with two petrol engines: a 136 PS 1.5 TSI and a 204 PS 2.0 TSI. Combined with a 13 kWh battery, the plug-in hybrid eHybrid version develops a total of 218 PS.