VW release hybrid 'Multivan' to replace the Caravelle
It aims to tackle the people-carrier market with 7 seats and a range of new safety features.
VW have made a name for themselves with vans with car-like dynamics but still maintaining the convenience and space needed for he average van driver. This van aims to replace the Caravelle, their comfortable passenger van which has made a name for itself for being one of the most versatile MPVs. It therefore has high standards to live up to if it is going to be as successful as its predecessor.
The main interesting point of this new vehicle is that it will be hybrid. Hybrid vehicles may be much more common nowadays but is almost unheard of in the van market. The Multivan will come with a plug-in hybrid option which allows them to have zero-emission shorter journeys through cities but still the ability to drive the long distances which can be common in a van. It will be front wheel drive and will use the combination of a 1.4L TSI engine with an 85kW electric motor which produce a combined power of 160kW. It has a 6 speed gearbox to maintain low emissions when you have to use the engine.
The interior benefits from a hyper-modern new look with a large 'Digital Cockpit' and infotainment touchscreen. It will also have optional contact-less charging for mobile phones and high quality speakers for music. An optional glass roof can make the car feel light and airy for the passengers. The two middle passenger seats can be rotated 180 degrees to create conference-style seating.