Volkswagen teases new Transporter

Volkswagen has used a computer-generated image to reveal the key design details of the new Transporter, which arrives in the UK in early 2025.

It’s the first mid-sized van based on the brand’s alliance with Ford and shares its platform with the Ford Transit Custom.

It will be longer than the current Transporter – between 5050mm and 5450mm long - with a load capacity of up to 5.8 cubic metres, slightly less than its Ford stablemate. The load bay will allow for wider cargo, though, with 1392mm between the wheelarches and a low tailgate.

The overall payload has risen from 1.2 to 1.3 tonnes, with a 2.8 tonne trailer weight – 300kg greater than the current model.

The new Volkswagen Transporter will be available in diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions.

Diesel versions will come first in three different outputs: 110PS, 150PS and 170PS. The latter two will also be available with 4Motion all-wheel drive as an option, along with automatic transmission.

Four fully electric versions will follow, with 116PS, 136PS, 218PS and 286PS and a choice of 54kWh and 83kWh batteries.

As well as a panel van, a crew van and multi-seat Kombi model are also planned with more details to be revealed at the IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show in September 2024.

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What's the best van that I can also sleep in?

I am looking to buy a passenger van which has at least 4 seats. I also want to be able to fold down the seats so that I can sleep in it. My problem is that I'm 6ft4 so would like something big enough that I can lie down straight in. Ideally it wouldn't be much over £2000, but I am willing to go a bit higher for the right vehicle. Good fuel economy and relatively cheap insurance are important too.
Rather than a van, which with a budget of £2000 will invariably get you something well-used and scruffy, you'd be better off buying an MPV. With a £2000 budget the best options for you to consider would be the VW Sharan, Ford Galaxy or Hyundai i800, all of which are large enough for your needs and relatively reliable. You could also look at a Renault Espace, though this would most likely be more problematic in the long-term.
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