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27-02-2019 | Light Trucks + Transporters | News | Article

Volkswagen Digitalises and Electrifies Multivan 6.1

Patrick Schäfer
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has updated its "Bulli" Transporter. The T6.1 product line has been digitalised, networked and extended with a version with a purely electric drive.

The Volkswagen Transporter's facelift is recognisable from the outside by its reworked front with new headlights. But primarily, the new Volkswagen Bulli 6.1 has been brought up to the latest technical standard. The new electromechanical power steering system, for example, allows the use of assistance systems that were previously not available. This enables the implementation of a lane-keeping assist, a cross wind assist, "Trailer Assist" for driving with a trailer, as well as a parking assistant. There is also the option for traffic sign recognition. 

The differences to the current model are mainly visible in the cockpit. The Multivan 6.1 is Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle's first model equipped with a "Digital Cockpit". Additionally, the third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) now also belongs to the new Bulli. The integrated SIM card enables a diverse array of online-based functions and services. The touchscreen is either 8 or 9.2 inches in size. 

ABT will provide purely electric Volkswagen Bulli

The Multivan is powered by 2.0-litre diesel engines that deliver between 66 kilowatts (90 hp) and 146 kilowatts (199 hp) and meet the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. Together with its partner ABT, Volkswagen is also offering a battery-powered version with an output of 82 kilowatts (112 hp). With battery capacities of up to 77.6 kWh, the vehicle should have an NEDC range of more than 400 kilometres. The Volkswagen T6.1 will be available in Autumn 2019 in the Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan and California variants.

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