The refreshed 2016 Volkswagen Transporter has been revealed overnight mirroring many of the elements teased by the 2014 Tristar Concept.

[Updated]: Despite Volkswagen Australia stopping new orders on the Transporter T5 almost three weeks ago, VW Australia has told Practical Motoring the T6 won’t be available here until the fourth quarter.

THE 2016 VOLKSWAGEN Transporter retains the same dimensions as its predecessor, but boasts sharper lines and a revamped interior that features a multi-media infotainment unit (6.33-inches) mirroring the Volkswagen passenger vehicle line-up.

The new Transporter also gets LED head- and tail-lights, an electrically operated tail-gate, adaptive cruise control, and a new adaptive chassis control system called Dynamic Cruise Control that allows the driver to select from three driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport, it also offers Light Assist which automatically dips high beams as well as City Emergency Braking. Obviously, some of these features will only be available on certain models and we’re not sure whether all of these systems will be available on models in Australia.

2016 Volkswagen Transporter revealed

Cleverly, the infotainment screen “has proximity sensors that detect when the driver or front passenger moves their hand close to the touchscreen, so it can automatically switch from display mode to input mode. The sensors also allow drivers to use wiping motions to scroll through lists or browse CD covers from their media library,” Volkswagen said in a statement.

Power is provided by VW’s latest generation 2.0-litre TDI engines with outputs ranging from 62kW, 75kW, 110kW and 150kW.  A 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 110kW and 150kW is also available.

The T6 VW Transporter will go on-sale in Europe in the next few days, but won’t be available in Australia until later this year or early next year.

2016 Volkswagen Transporter revealed

European buyers will be able to purchase a limited-edition Transporter to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the thing, called the Generat Six.

Based on the Multivan Comfortline it will be available with tinted windows, LED headlights and rear lights, fog lights with cornering light and the chrome package are, for instance, all included as standard. Also exclusively available as options are a total of four two-tone paintwork finishes with colour-coordinated decorative elements on the dash panel, plus 18-inch retro-design ‘Disc’ alloy wheels in two different colour patterns. It will also get ParkPilot front and rear, Side Assist with electric folding mirrors, cruise control and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as standard.


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  1. I hope that the T6 arrives before late this year. VW Aus stopped taking orders on T5’s 3 weeks ago and I don’t think waiting until Christmas for a new van is reasonable.

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