Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has never had such an extensive teaser campaign for a new product, not even for the Amarok, which shows the importance of the revamped Multivan. The T7-based model debuts later today, promising to look more like a car than ever by upgrading to the MQB platform used by a myriad of VAG passenger models.
VW has revealed quite a few details in preparation for the world premiere, including the availability of a plug-in hybrid powertrain with unspecified electric range. The all-new Multivan will be exclusively equipped with a shift-by-wire type automatic transmission, as well as an electric parking brake to free up additional space inside what will be an incredibly spacious cabin.
For the first time ever, the Multivan also offers individual seats for the third row, flanking a table placed on a rail system that allows users to slide it forward and back. The second row seats can swivel 180 degrees to create a face-to-face seating arrangement, while the lighter second and third row seats can be pulled out completely to create ample cargo space.
Another first with the T7 is a panoramic sunroof, which, in addition to making the cabin airy, will also increase the headroom. There should also be more leg and shoulder room, as VW has already revealed that the new Multivan will have a longer wheelbase and wider tracks. Up front, teasers revealed a Golf-esque dual-screen setup to accentuate the fact that it will combine the benefits of a wrapped minivan into a more car-like package.
Keep in mind that we are only going to see the Multivan version today, as the T6.1 based Transporter is going to stick around for a while. The workhorse replacement to come later this decade, likely as a result of VW’s merger with Ford. At the same time, the all-electric ID Buzz will be introduced in Europe next year before arriving in the United States in 2023. A cargo derivative of the zero-emission model is also planned, but only for the Old Continent.