Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the new T7 Multivan, which will replace the existing Caravelle, Sharan and Touran people carriers.
It will be sold alongside the current T6 Transporter, offered as a passenger car only, but doesn’t use commercial vehicle underpinnings. Instead, the Multivan uses an extended version of VW’s MQB platform – that’s the one used by the Tiguan.
The technology-laden new model welcomes a similar digital cockpit layout to the Golf and Caddy, making use of the latest VW operating system and a pair of screens.
A plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) engine leads the line-up, offering 215PS and a zero-emission range of up to 31 miles. There will also be 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines, while a diesel will join next year.
The exterior blends VW’s new styling direction, from the ID range and Golf, with a nod to the past by utilising a two-tone paint finish and curved body lines.
Inside, there’s seating for seven. VW says the seats are now 25% lighter, making it easier to remove them. The interior layout can be reconfigured with sliding and rotating seats, plus a multi-position table.
A full suite of safety systems from VW's car range will be available, along with connected infotainement services.
The Multivan measures 1,941mm wide, 4,973mm long, up to 1,903mm high, and with a wheelbase of 3,124mm. A longer version, measuring 5,173mm is also available. Overall, it means the new generation has a longer wheelbase and wider, lower profile, all designed to improve aerodynamics, lower fuel consumption and increase range.
In base version, the Multivan offers 469 litres of luggage space behind the third row of seats, extending to 1,844 litres (1,850 litres with panoramic glass roof) behind the second row. The full cargo capacity up to the front seats is 3,672, extending to a maximum 4,053 litres in the longer version fitted with the panoramic glass roof.