Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced that its sixth generation Transporter panel van will be priced from £17,745 when it goes on sale in September with Kombi prices starting at £19,840 (all prices exclude VAT).
The Transporter is VW’s biggest UK seller and the new model will be available the brand’s established band of three trim levels.
Startline models are priced from £17,745 and standard features include BlueMotion Technology, DAB+ digital radio, five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone connectivity and USB connection. Also included is Volkswagen’s Automatic Post Collision Braking system, which automatically applies the brakes after a collision, reducing the risk of a secondary impact.
Trendline models start from £19,755 and in addition to Startline get new Simora cloth upholstery and a multi-function display, Trendline models also come with new wheel trims, a full-height steel bulkhead in the panel van, body-coloured bumpers and rear parking sensors. A Comfort pack consisting of foldable grab handles on A-pillars, additional storage compartments, dimmable cabin lights and additional noise suppression is also fitted as standard.
Flagship Highline models are priced from £21,315. Among the new features introduced to the sixth-generation version are a leather multifunction steering wheel, heated windscreen, automatic driving light control, daytime running lights and 16-inch Clayton alloy wheels (17-inch Richmond alloys on T32 and/or 180hp engine). Highline models also come with front fog lights with cornering function and a Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm as standard.
The new Transporter is up for grabs in three roof heights, four gross vehicle weights (2.6 to 3.2t) and with two wheelbases.
From launch, the Transporter engine range consists of 2.0-litre TDI Euro5 engines with outputs of 84, 102 and 140hp although the Highline trim is also available with a 180hp unit. VW is also offering a 2.0-litre TDI Euro 6 unit that develops 102hp in the first tranche of models and will supplement this with 150 and 204hp Euro6 powertrains over the next 12 months.
All 84 and 102hp engines are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with 140 and 180hp units equipped with either a six-speed transmission as standard or an optional seven-speed DSG automatic.
VW said it will add a Bluemotion model to the order book later this year but initially the most efficient version will be the 2.0-litre 102hp Euro6 SWB panel van, which it claimed can return 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle (a 10.2 mpg improvement over its predecessor) and emits 153 g/km of CO2 (a reduction of 45 g/km).