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Volkswagen reveals rough-road Tristar concept

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed its Transporter-based Tristar concept, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Syncro concept.

VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL vehicles has revealed its Tristar concept overnight at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover. Designed and built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first rough-road Tristar Syncro concept (see picture below), the Tristar is based on a current extended-cab trayback Transporter.

Volkswagen reveals Tristar concept

The Tristar concept features new-look headlights and front grille, hinting at the future design direction for the Transporter. Inside, the front seats rotate and slide with videoconferencing and an espresso machine to make it a properly mobile office.

Volkswagen reveals Tristar concept

Mechanically, in keeping with its homage to the Syncro concept (Syncro was the original name for Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system), the Tristar concept offers a 30mm suspension lift, 4Motion all-wheel drive and mechanical locking rear differential. Under the snub-nosed bonnet is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 150kW (at 4000rpm) and 450Nm (at 1400rpm).

Volkswagen reveals Tristar concept

At the reveal, Dr Eckhard Scholz, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “The Tristar shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of T-series, pointing to their potential and proves that she is still the measure of all things.

“The Tristar combines yesterday and tomorrow: In the anniversary year of the first Syncro study he shows the competence of the wheel house and demonstrates sustainability “And more.” We take our customers needs seriously and develop our bestselling targeted manner. With each new model we define as the standard new class.”


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Isaac Bober

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