Volkswagen Transporter | Multivan | Caravelle| Diesel vans

23 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Transporter | Multivan | Caravelle| Diesel vans

Matt Campbell

Volkswagen Transporter, Caravelle and Multivan

Volkswagen Multivan.

Volkswagen has introduced its first diesel-only model with the arrival of the updated 2010 model Transporter range.

The range includes several Transporter commercial vans and a dual-cab utility, as well as the uniquely utilitarian nine-seater Caravelle and the classy, more comfortable Multivan.

The 1.9-litre and 2.5-litre engines have been dropped in favour of a 2.0-litre diesel engine – with three different engine tunes – that is offered across the range.

Philip Clark, director of commercial vehicles for Volkswagen Australia says that dropping the petrol engine to change to a diesel-only Transporter range was an easy decision and reflected the push towards more efficient diesel engines.

“The percentage of petrol engines we were selling with the T5 that we’re replacing now was so small we were questioning whether we weren’t going to stop them anyway,” he says.

“No-one wanted to buy [the petrol version]. They want diesel,” he says.

But he didn’t rule out a petrol engine being offered in the future.

“We don’t have a petrol engine available internationally at the moment,” he says. “But if we end up with a fuel-efficient petrol engine, we’d always look at it.

“In saying that, we have a petrol engine in the Caddy [smaller people mover and van] at the moment, and we’d be lucky to sell 10 per cent,” he says.

Clark suggests that diesel isn’t as undesirable as it once was, even for non-commercial commuters.

“You go back seven or eight years ago, and mum wouldn’t go to the service station and fill up with diesel,” he says. “The perception of diesel has changed a lot.”

There are three different power specifications for the new 2.0-litre engine – the basic 75kW/250Nm turbo-diesel; the mid-range 103kW/340Nm turbo-diesel; and the top-spec 132kW/400Nm bi-turbo model.

Along with power changes, the new engines also achieve impressive drops of up to 15 per cent fuel consumption.

The other big news is the addition of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which is capable of flipping the cogs quicker than any human. The DSG –which is used in most passenger models by Volkswagen but wasn’t optional on the previous Transporter – feels very much at home in all of the vans, and it’ll make even the most avid manual-lover think twice.

On the safety front, all Transporter models now get stability control with anti-lock brakes and rollover protection as standard. Dual front airbags are also standard, but side airbags are still an optional extra for both the commercial vans and dual-cab ($690) and Caravelle ($890).

The new Transporter range also gets new optional systems such as Side Assist, which warns the driver if a vehicle is in their blind spot.

The outside of the range remains basically unchanged at the rear, although the commercial vehicles do receive an increased payload.

At the front of the car, the changes are clearly visible. The redesign includes new headlights, a new bonnet and a new bumper which work to give the Transporter a more clean-cut, muscular look.

The Transporter commercial van range starts at $36,490 for the 75kW short-wheelbase, $38,490 for the 75kW long-wheelbase, and $44,990 for the dual-cab utility. There are three different roof heights, allowing for loading of taller items.

The 103kW nine-seater Caravelle is $49,990, and the Multivan starts at $49,990 (103kW Comfortline) and ranges right up to $77,990 (132kW all-wheel-drive Highline).

All Transporters are front-wheel-drive, but there is an optional all-wheel-drive system, which Volkswagen calls 4Motion and adds $3500 to the price.

2 comments so far

Another great master piece from VW. Had VW’s in the past and they have all been fantastic! Cant wait to drive the new 103kW/340Nm engine.

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