VW Previews Transporter T6, World Debut Scheduled for 15th April


There’s a type of teasing that has been going around for some time now. It involves a lot of sketches released by carmakers, way before they decide to ‘leak’ short obscure videos and half-revealing teaser photos. Volkswagen Group is playing that sketch-teasing game through its Commercial Vehicles department with the 2015 Transporter T6, scheduled to make a world debut on April 15.

VW has released the first design sketch of the sixth-generation Transporter, which will have its official world premiere on April 15. The rendering looks exactly as one would expect, considering that the T6 is expected to retain the T5’s underpinnings – just like VW did with the new Caddy

The industrious T6 model has travelled a long way to reach its sixth generation, after the first iteration saw daylight in 1950. However, spy photos have shown that the new Transporter will feature a new interior with a redesigned dashboard complete with an integrated screen for VW’s latest infotainment system. Rremember the Volkswagen Tristar concept, which hinted at the future T6 model despite being a short-wheelbase version of the current T5 Transporter with a cut roof and a pickup bed.

The Tristar received a 2.0-liter turbodiesel good for 204 HP and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) along with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system but it’s too early to say if that setup will be adopted by the new Transporter T6. In the concept the power was sent through a seven-speed DSG transmission and into a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Further engine-related info will become available as the debut date is closing in, but we do know that the new T6 will be built in Hanover and the interior will receive an extended trim for a more upmarket feel inside the cabin.

The new Transporter T6 will show off a more modern and sophisticated design, with rounder panel edges, an increase in attention to detail especially with panel contours and trimmings, and a slightly sportier stance.

Technically, the next version won’t be much different from the current model as far as we know. It will take on the badge ‘T6′, however, it’s believed it will carry over essentially the same platform and similar dimensions as the current version.

VOLKSWAGEN IS giving very little away, in fact, it’s given nothing away with the short blurb accompanying the sketch saying absolutely nothing about the new, sixth-generation Transporter. Making its official debut back in 1950, the VW Transporter is celebrating its 65th year, and according to Volkswagen, “few could have predicted the enormous impact the Transporter would have in revolutionising the commercial vehicle market, creating a timeless automotive icon in the process”.

“Getting the job done efficiently and reliably has been at the heart of the Volkswagen philosophy for the past 65 years. Its reputation for rugged reliability has endured over the decades to make the Volkswagen Transporter one of the world’s best-selling light commercial vehicles,” Volkswagen said in a statement..