Slightly larger than its predecessor, Volkswagen claims the Multivan will be a more car-like drive than its previous large MPV thanks to new engines, new suspension and better interior flexibility. The Multivan will be fitted with a 2.5-litre TDI PD diesel engine for the first time, with either 127bhp and 250lb-ft of torque or 171bhp units with a hefty 295lb-ft. Also new will be a top-of-the-range 3.2-litre V6 petrol model with 226bhp. All models come with either six speed manual or automatic gearboxes, ABS and ESP as well as front MacPherson struts and coil springs at the rear to give a car-like feel.
The Multivan is available with six or seven seats, and a digital voice enhancement system which uses a combination of loudspeakers and microphones in the headlinings to allow passengers in all three rows of seats to speak to each other without having to turn round.
Prices and specifications will be announced closer to launch.