From 1950 to the present day, Volkswagen revolutionized the van industry through its Transporter series of models. 65 years after the lineage started production, VW prepares to roll-out the Transporter T6 while Skoda is working on its version of the VW Transporter T6 light workhorse.
Mladá Boleslav and Wolfsburg are brothers in arms after the VW Group acquired control of Skoda in 1994. Both of the manufacturers share an immense parts bin between each other, so it’s not that surprising for Skoda to produce its version of the Volkswagen Transporter T6. Spied by the peeps from Novinky.cz, the Skoda van at hand is a pre-production mule that was spotted somewhere in Eastern Europe.
While much of the front fascia is wrapped in camouflage so psychedelic Jimi Hendrix would turn it into a purple haze, it goes without question what’s under the veil. The windshield rake, curvature of the A-pillar, shape of the side mirrors and wheel arch cutouts are the tell-tale signs this is a VW T6. If you look at the shape of the tailgate and the placement of the taillamps, there you have it – a Transporter T6 Multivan.
As a Multivan, this prototype has a generous glasshouse. It is not known if the production-spec Skoda van will be a run-of-the-mill panel van or an 8+1 passenger-oriented Multivan. It’s hard to determine what’s changed, from a visual point of view, over the 2015 Volkswagen T6, but except the obvious: different headlamps and taillamps, a Skoda grille, and some Skoda badges. Care to guess what we will receive under the hood of the Transporter’s brother from the Czech Republic?
No surprises, sorry! Front and 4Motion all-wheel drive, DSG double-clutch transmissions if three pedals are too much to handle, adaptive suspension, City Emergency Braking, as well as a selection of turbo diesel and turbo petrol engines. Oil burners range from 84 PS (62 kW) to a TDI BiTurbo with 204 PS (150 kW) while petrols start from 150 PS (110 kW) and top at 204 PS (150 kW). A chassis cab body style could be offered for the upcoming Skoda light commercial vehicle as well, joined by a high roof panel van variant