The new Volkswagen T7 Multivan is on sale and will now be available with a diesel powertrain. The 148bhp 2.0-liter TDI unit joins as the fourth engine variant, sitting on top of the 134bhp 1.5-liter petrol TSI, but below the 201bhp 2.0-liter TSI and 215bhp 1.4-liter TSI eHybrid.
Diesel, for example, sits just above the 1.5-liter TSI in price, starting at £ 44,410 in entry-level life specifications. Like the rest of the multivan range, the front-wheel drive diesel uses a seven-speed DSG gearbox. With diesel now on sale, the full T7 Multivan range is now available for customers to order with first delivery at the end of March.
Instead of being the direct successor to the T6 Caravelle, the T7 Multivan is being introduced as a brand new model that will replace VW’s Touran and Sharan MPV. However, the facelifted T6 – T6.1 – will continue to be built as a commercial vehicle. Both models will be complemented by All-Electric ID. This change of buzz position means the multivan has been brought up to date, with a technology-packed interior and new running gear with plug-in hybrid drive.
The van-based MPV 134bhp 1.5 is available for T 43,160 for the TSI Life model. The standard kit on life trim includes a 16-inch alloy, dual power-latching sliding door, a 10-inch infotainment system and VW’s digital cockpit TFT dial. It also features active safety technologies such as front assist and lane assist This is followed by the diesel model which ranges from £ 44,410 to £ 56,300 for the long-wheelbase style version.
Specify your T7 Multivan with 201bhp 2.0 TSI petrol engine and the price will start from £ 58,130 as it is only available in style specifications. It adds a kit like VW’s IQ. An electric tailgate with light LED matrix headlights, SAT-NAV, park support, fully electric sliding doors and an easy-to-open function; 17 inch alloy is also included.
Finally, the 215bhp plug-in hybrid model. Priced at £ 48,835, it comes with equipment like a Harmon Cardon sound system, privacy glass, a panoramic glass roof and 18-inch alloys. The eHybrid set-up produces a combined 215bhp using a 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine and an electric motor – similar to the Golf and Passat GTE systems, where the 13kWh lithium-ion battery will deliver about 30 miles of electric-only running.
On the outside, the new Multivan has styling that falls somewhere within the range of the Golf and VW’s ID electric models, with a slim grille and standard LED headlights, a relatively smooth nose, clear body panel and a new horizontal tail-light design. The slender A-columns are designed to enhance front visibility, while the large glass area will create a spacious feeling interior.
Inside, VW has updated the interior layout of the seven-seater. There are now five separate chairs – so Caravel’s large, heavy three-seater bench is no more – and the chairs are up to 25 percent lighter than its predecessor. Like the Caravel, the seats are able to slide back and forth. Thanks to the floor rail, the two middle row seats can be rotated 180 degrees and have a multi-position table between them.
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The fully flat floor of the multivan means the table can now be moved all the way between the front seats. An optional panoramic glass roof is also available for the first time.
The take-on board features VW’s 10.25-inch digital cockpit dial, touchscreen control and USB-C connection, with an optional head-up display being the first for VW commercial vehicles. An integrated eSIM means that the multivan is always connected, while sat-nav and connected services – as seen elsewhere in the VW range – are available.
Elsewhere in the interior, the multivan has an electric parking brake as standard, where all models have a DSG automatic gearbox. Excluded gear shifters and handbrake levers create more space in the cabin. The seven-seat mode has 469 liters of boot space and 1,844 liters of rear row. The multivan comes in two lengths, measuring 4,973 mm and 5,173 mm, and the maximum carrying capacity of these models is up to 3,672 liters and 4,053 liters, when fitted with panoramic glass.
While the T7 Multivan offers advanced passenger capacity, it is not currently scheduled to lay the groundwork for a new range of California campers – these will continue to be based on the T6.1 transporter van.
The safety kit follows other MQB-based models, providing city emergency braking, road signs and lane assistance, while the multivan also includes Car2X, a system that allows local interaction with other vehicles and highway infrastructure for potential hold-up and warning. Delay 360-degree camera and IQ. Drive Travel Assist Semi-Autonomous Driving is also available.
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