Volkswagen Multivan: the minivan heir to the T1 Bulli pure plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen Multivan: the minivan heir to the T1 Bulli pure plug-in hybrid
Volkswagen Multivan: the minivan heir to the T1 Bulli pure plug-in hybrid

The new generation of the minivan from Wolfsburg has been unveiled as a world premiere, heir to a dynasty that starts from the legendary T1 and which has been a point of reference and a style icon for over seventy years. The seventh generation will debut in the second half of the year with new features such as plug-in hybrid versions and semi-automatic driving

Taking the baton of a successful lineup of minivans, which are both practical vehicles and style icons. It is not an easy task, but it is what the new Volkswagen Multivan awaits. This is the seventh generation of a model that has the legendary T1 of 1949 as its illustrious ancestor, a generational icon when the Samba and Westfalia versions became the favorite means of transport of the hippie and flower child generation, both in Europe and on the Californian West Coast. In subsequent generations, identified with the progression between T2 and T6, the spirit has remained unchanged, that of a versatile, reliable vehicle, capable of transporting people and goods and of being a faithful travel and camping companion with the camperized versions. The seventh generation has the role of introducing new technologies and to be more efficient thanks to electrification – there is the plug-in hybrid version – and safer thanks to the semi-automatic driving. All within an unmistakable style, appropriate to the times and with the family feeling of the new generation of the German house. Primarily designed for families and sports enthusiasts, it adapts to countless mobility scenarios thanks to its completely new seating system and load compartment. It will arrive in the second half of 2021 with an offer divided into three pillars: the Multivan range, the Transporter 6.1 and, starting from 2022, the standard version of the Id.Buzz electric van.

A MODERN BUT EVOCATIVE DESIGN

The new Bulli – this is the nickname given to the vehicle – is based for the first time on a modular transversal platform Mqb, a choice in perfect line with Volkswagen strategies since one of the great news of the generation week is the introduction of the plug hybrid variant. in. The new Multivan exhibits the genes of the most famous van in the world, the characters are common with the previous series albeit revised in a current key, such as the horizontal characteristic line of the T3 that embraces the entire body. The new van also incorporates a stylistic element of the second generation of the Multivan: the bonnet that protrudes expressively under the windshield. The proportions of the new model are also new: compared to the previous generation, the basic version has become longer and wider. At the same time, the height has been slightly reduced, but this is in the face of an almost identical maximum interior height. The seventh generation of the Bulli is 1,941 mm wide (+37 mm compared to the Multivan 6.1), 4,973 mm long (+69 mm) and up to 1,903 mm (-47 mm) high. The wheelbase measures 3,124 mm (+124 mm).

HI-TECH INTERIORS WITH AN EYE ON PRACTICALITY

The cockpit is also consistent with the long history of the vehicle, albeit with a big difference: up to the T3 the engine was located at the rear and the front overhang was very short, from the T4 the engine is positioned at the front and consequently the setting changes. and the driving position, which in any case remains high, for the benefit of visibility and safety. The dashboard is equipped as standard with the Digital Cockpit and the Ready 2 Discover infotainment system, connectivity is managed by the online services We Connect and We Connect Plus. Most of the control elements have been designed as touch surfaces and control buttons digital, including shift-by-wire gearbox and electric parking brake. Depending on the version, short or long, it can accommodate up to seven people, who can move freely thanks to the absence of fixed central consoles. For the same reason, the multifunction table integrated into the seat rail system can be used as a center console between the driver and front passenger seats or as a folding table complete with cup holders and storage compartments in the second and third row of seats. The Multivan is available for the first time with a two-part panoramic glass roof, with a coating called LowE with a layer that reduces thermal radiation by 44%.

THE ADAS AND THE SEMI-AUTOMATED DRIVING

The range of assistance systems has been significantly expanded since the sixth generation. Depending on the equipment up to 20 systems are available, starting from Car2X (local warning system as standard), the Front Assist perimeter control system with City emergency braking function, the assistance system for avoiding maneuvers with new assistant when turning, the recognition of road signs, lane maintenance assistance Lane Assist and cruise control. The innovative new systems include the IQ Drive Travel Assist, which allows semi-automated driving from 0 to 210 km / h. The automated system includes the new predictive automatic distance adjustment Acc and Lane Assist merge to form a new system that greatly improves comfort and safety on medium and long distances. Special mention on the safety front for the interactive Led Matrix Iq.Light headlights, also offered on request as an alternative to Led headlights as standard. The range of functions of the Led Matrix Iq.Light headlights includes Dynamic Light Assist, with permanent high beams that do not cause glare from oncoming traffic and dynamic cornering lights for precise illumination of the progress of the vehicle. curve.

PETROL ENGINES AND PLUG-IN HYBRID VERSION

The front-wheel drive Multivan will be offered with two turbo petrol engines: the first is a 1,498 cc 1.5 four-cylinder engine with 136 hp and 220 Nm of maximum torque; the most powerful is the 204 hp 2-liter. For both the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission is standard, while next year the range will be completed by a four-cylinder Turbodiesel (Tdi) with a power of 150 hp. As mentioned, electrification makes its debut: the Multivan has the plug-in hybrid version to travel in full electric mode in urban centers. It is identified with the name eHybrid and is powered by the 116 Hp electric motor, combined with the 1,395 cc four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that develops 150 Hp. The system power, which derives from the combination of the two engines, is equal to 218 Hp (160 kW), while the relative maximum torque stands at 350 Nm. Electricity is stored in the 13 kWh lithium-ion battery, while the 6-speed DSG gearbox installed was specifically designed for the plug-in hybrid powertrain.

11 June – 20:32

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