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The Advertiser - Motoring - - IN THE GARAGE -

THE sixth gen­er­a­tion of the Volk­swa­gen Trans­porter ar­rives in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber with a range of up­grades aimed at mak­ing life eas­ier for own­ers and op­er­a­tors.

Fuel sav­ings, com­fort and safety have been tar­geted this time around but this is not an all-new van as the Trans­porter re­tains the same ba­sic struc­ture. The Aus­tralian Trans­porter cargo vans will also carry over ex­ist­ing Euro 5 en­gines with only mi­nor changes and miss out on the more ef­fi­cient and cleaner burn­ing Euro 6 en­gines that have been in­tro­duced in Europe. Those en­gines fea­ture stop-start tech­nol­ogy and Se­lec­tive Cat­alytic Re­duc­tion with AdBlue fluid.

One of the new Euro 6 en­gines, the 150TDI, could make it to Aus­tralia but it will be in the peo­ple-mov­ing Mul­ti­van rather than the cargo-car­ry­ing ver­sions.

VW Aus­tralia is not ready to dis­close the range’s full de­tails, but says it will likely mir­ror the ex­ist­ing line-up, although a new high-spec Busi­ness model will be added to cater for cor­po­rate shut­tle cus­tomers.

Op­tions will in­clude a reg­u­lar cargo van with short, medium and long wheel­bases, a crew-cargo van and cab-chas­sis as well as a seven-seat Mul­ti­van and nine-seat Car­avelle.

The Busi­ness model is a high­end ver­sion of the Mul­ti­van.

The new Trans­porter’s de­sign is a gen­tle pro­gres­sion from the ex­ist­ing model, in line with the com­pany’s the­ory of mild evo­lu­tion. The Trans­porter re­tains the same ba­sic di­men­sions — to the point ex­ist­ing lad­der racks and cargo area fit-outs can be car­ried over — but has a sleeker and smarter front-end de­sign.

Cus­tomers are able to op­tion the Trans­porter with full LED head­lights. Mi­nor changes tidy up the rear de­sign and con­tinue the clean, crisp de­sign lan­guage.

The vans look quite dif­fer­ent depend­ing on the trim level se­lected; the base model looks plain and prac­ti­cal, while the top-spec peo­ple-movers look classy with lots of chrome and op­tional two-tone paint.

The cabin over­haul brings a new-look in­te­rior that is both prac­ti­cal and smart. All of the con­trols have been laid out neatly within easy reach and the new-look dis­play screen for the ra­dio is lo­cated high up on the dash­board. As was the case with pre­vi­ous Trans­porter mod­els, the gearshift pro­trudes from the dash­board near the steer­ing wheel.

This gen­er­a­tion Trans­porter in­tro­duces elec­tric seat ad­just­ment for the driver as an op­tion, while leather seats are also on the op­tions list.

There are a range of op­tional as­sis­tance fea­tures that could make life a lot eas­ier for van driv­ers in­clud­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol, which uses radar to main­tain a safe dis­tance from the car in front.

This ver­sion of the sys­tem is able to come to a com­plete stop in traf­fic and get go­ing again, all the driver need to do is lift off the brake when it is time to go.

Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing has also been in­tro­duced in or­der to help avoid low speed crashes in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments.

Stop-start en­gine tech­nol­ogy is stan­dard in Europe but it is not clear whether the fea­ture will be on the older Euro 5-com­pli­ant en­gines that will make up the ma­jor­ity of the lo­cal line-up.

Aus­tralia will have only diesel en­gines, 2.0-litre four­cylin­der turbo jobs.

The most likely trans­mis­sion choices for Aus­tralia are a sixspeed man­ual and seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­mated man­ual. As with the ex­ist­ing model, the new Trans­porter will be avail­able with all-wheel drive as an op­tion.

The cargo di­men­sions are likely to carry over from the last gen­er­a­tion, rang­ing from 5.8 cu­bic me­tres to 9.8 cu­bic me­tres for the cargo vans.

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