The latest consists of more details regarding the T7’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, and there are some new teaser images, one of which outlines the model’s Multivan MPV interior specification.
Volkswagen says the new Transporter eHybrid will have its lithium-ion battery mounted under the floor, which means there’s no impact on interior space. Volkswagen also says that, providing there’s enough charge, the T7 will automatically start in EV mode, with the petrol engine only cutting in at higher speeds.
As an added benefit, the battery’s placement low-down in the chassis drops the van’s centre of gravity, which Volkswagen says “has a positive effect on handling.” Our previously spied mules show the charge flap for the system will be mounted on the front right quarter panel.
Specifications for the plug-in hybrid system are yet to be confirmed, but we expect the T7 will use the tried-and-tested powertrain from the Mk8 Golf GTE and new Tiguan eHybrid. It comprises a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 113bhp electric motor, offering a maximum combined output of 242bhp and 400Nm of torque.
The rest of the Transporter’s engine range will be made up of the Volkswagen Group’s familiar range of turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, which are used in cars such as the Tiguan and SEAT Ateca SUVs. Like the T6.1, this new model should be offered with either front- or four-wheel drive, too.
New 2021 Volkswagen Transporter T7: design and interior
Volkswagen says the seventh-generation Transporter will improve every aspect of its predecessor’s design, claiming the T7 will be: “more sustainable, more comfortable, safer, more intelligent, better connected and higher quality than ever before.”
Most of these improvements will be thanks to a shift off Volkswagen’s van-only T platform and onto the MQB underpinnings as the company’s latest passenger cars, which should bring some packaging benefits and give the T7 access to Volkswagen’s newest cabin tech.
Judging by Volkswagen’s cabin teaser, the new Multivan will get the same dual-screen infotainment system as the latest Golf. The flagship model should feature a digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch infotainment system, along with the usual suite of safety equipment such as lane-keeping assist, cruise control and a blind-spot monitoring system.
The Multivan’s interior also looks to be modular, with the individual rear seats mounted on adjustable rails. They also appear to have a swivel function, allowing passengers to circle around the central table to socialise.
Volkswagen has already teased the new Transporter’s front end and, while the shadowy image gives little away about its features, we’re expecting it’ll be an evolution of the outgoing model’s design, with a few touches lifted from the brand’s current passenger car range.
It’ll feature a similar front end to the latest Golf, sharing the same winged LED headlamps, bumped contours and a kindred radiator grille. Spy shots also show the van will have slightly more rounded corners, a wider glasshouse and a slightly lower window line.
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