Volkswgen has given its faithful T6 van a considerable update, adding more safety and useful tech across a renewed and broadened T6.1 range.
The Volkswagen T6 van received a considerable update for Australia, with the 2021 iteration of the stalwart VW product touching down in Australia.
Now named the T6.1, Volkswagen’s midsize van range is available in both a short and long wheelbase with a variety of body styles to suit both commercial and private buyers.
Volkswagen continues to offer the traditional Transporter Van with a normal or high roof, alongside the Crewvan that adds a set of rear seats, and cab chassis models that can be had with either a single or dual cab.
Private buyers can opt for the entry-level Caravelle or Multivan, with the latter now packing four grades with the arrival of the Multivan Cruise edition.
The Multivan Cruise sits above the entry-level Comfortline Premium grade but below the top-trim Comfortline Exec and Highline, with a price of $73,990 before on-road costs.
In 2021, Volkswagen is also bringing the California campervan to Australia which you can read more about here.
Volkswagen has given the Transporter a new grill featuring some prominent chrome strips, with the Multivan and Caravelle people mover variants receiving a more detailed design.
Redesigned halogen headlights also sit alongside new LED daytime running lights and the LED taillights which are fitted as standard, LED headlights can be optioned but are standard on the Multivan Highline and Cruise grades.
While most businesses will still tick ‘white’ on the paint colour box, Volkswagen has added a range of new shades to spice things up, including Ravenna Blue metallic which has been seen before on the Caddy small van and Amarok ute. The Multivan Cruise and California have also been made available with a selection of two-tone colour choices.
Inside is where Volkswagen has made the biggest changes. With the van said to be more comfortable thanks to a steering wheel fitted with height and reach adjustability.
Tradies will be happy to learn the Transporter can also be optioned with a second sliding door on the right side. A handy split locking function is also now available so drivers can keep their cargo locked up but the cabin open when running errands.
Inline with other rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz Vito who have recently had their interiors spruced up, Volkswagen has fitted a suite of new tech and creature comforts.
Fitted as standard in the commercial and Carvelle grades is the new 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A suite of USB C ports are also dotted around the cockpit for faster charging.
Stepping up to the Multivan adds a larger eight-inch display as standard in the entry-level Comfortline Premium, while the higher trim Multivan Comfortline Exec, Cruise and Highline grades upgrade to the larger 9.2-inch screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Volkswagen uses a two-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine across the range in three different tunes.
The Transporter Van is the only model to feature the five and six-speed manual transmission which is to either the TDI250 motor, which makes 81kW of power and 250Nm of torque or the TDI340 developing slightly more at 110kW/340Nm.
The manual options exclusively send power to the front wheels but buyers can match the TDI340 engine with all-wheel drive if they select the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is available for both the Transporter Van and Crewvan.
Offered on the Transporter van and the cab chassis variants is the TDI450 engine which sends 146kW/450Nm through the seven-speed dual clutch, with the choice of front or all-wheel drive.
One of the most significant changes to the Transporter for the 6.1 facelift is the introduction of new safety equipment, with many notable features now standard across the range.
Those features include front AEB, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, crosswind assist, a reversing camera and a multi-collision brake system – which reapplies the brakes as needed to prevent further danger after an initial collision.
Lane keep assist, park assist and adaptive cruise control are also available as a cost option. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are fitted as standard on the Multivan and California.
Volkswagen says these new driver assistance systems were able to be fitted as a result of the new electronic steering system which allows the car to take over when needed.
The upgrade comes in the wake of a safety report with ANCAP, which rated the Transporter’s ability to avoid a crash as average with a Silver medal rating. With more safety equipment now added the Transporter would likely perform notably better in this test.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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