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VW T6.1 to be launched

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Volkswagen has just unveiled details and pictures of the new-look Transporter 6.1, ahead of its launch later this year. Seen here in Multivan form, the new features cover digital connectivity and infotainment systems, enhanced safety, a new front-end design and dashboard, improved standard specification and a new all-electric drive option.

The front end had to be redesigned to integrate a larger air intake, which is necessary for the new engines while LED daytime running lights continue the line from the grille into the headlight units. You can also vary the look with many options as well as a new range of colours and wheels.

On the engine side of things, the Euro 6d TEMP engines range from 90 to 199 PS (89bhp to 196bhp), all 2-litres. At the bottom end, the 90PS replaces the 84PS (83bhp), while a 110PS (108bhp) replaces the 102 (101bhp) and 114PS (112bhp) versions. The 150PS (148bhp) turbo-diesel and 199PS Biturbo engines remain in the new T6.1. You can order the 150 with a DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive, while the 199PS model comes with DSG as standard.

We also expect to see an electric version (in partnership with tuning firm, ABT) that will offer 109bhp and a battery capacity of 38.8kWh or 77.6hWh and a driving range of 129-250 miles, respectively, However, that range comes with a cost and that's payload - the single battery version offering 1,050kg and 750kg for the double battery version. It's very unlikely to make it into campervan form just yet, with some rear seat/bed systems weighing more than that alone.

The T6.1 gets cross wind assist as standard, enabled with the move from hydraulic power steering to electromechanical systems in the new version. This change also allows for lane detection systems and park assist options. The Rear Traffic Alert warns of vehicles approaching while you are reversing and can apply the brakes automatically.

The new dashboard integrates more digital displays and controls, with the option of a 10.25in digital cockpit display, which shows the rev counter and speedo but can be switched between different formats (traditional dials or more contemporary view without dials). There are also several central media options, with the Caravelle Highline and California Coast getting a 6.5in colour touchscreen as standard. There is also 8.0in and 9.2in versions that can offer customised functions, like the home screen on a smartphone. 

The dashboard features inductive charging for compatible devices as well as being able to wirelessly connect smartphones to the system (as an option).

Standard specification now includes electric windows, central locking, electrically adjustable heated mirrors, new H7 headlights, LED interior lights and a radio with Bluetooth hands-free unit.

Keep an eye out for further details as they are announced. 

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