With the reveal of the California 6.1 camper van earlier this month, the facelifted VW Transporter 6.1 lineup is now complete.
VW has already begun taking advance orders in select European countries ahead of the launch following this fall. And since the international media launch took place recently in Amsterdam, the automaker used the opportunity to release an extensive photo gallery and full details about the Multivan range-topping model — which it insists on calling Bulli.
The high-end passenger version of the Transporter 6.1 adopts a new front end with a larger radiator grille, new bumper, and new headlights — available as LEDs depending on specification. The facelifted Multivan also introduces six new alloy wheel designs, six new exterior colors, and seven two-tone paintwork finishes.
Bigger changes take place inside as the 2020 VW Multivan adopts the Digital Cockpit as an option as well as the latest Modular Infotainment Matrix systems (MIB2 and MIB3). All infotainment systems are connected as standard with an online connectivity unit (OCU) that features an integrated eSIM enabling Internet-based functions and services.
VW has also redesigned the steering wheels, which include a new multifunction unit with a View button that enables the driver to switch between the Digital Cockpit’s different display configurations. In terms of practicality, the VW Multivan 6.1 gains an additional shelf in front of the driver and a larger open storage bin and extra shelf in front of the passenger. Also new are the cup holders near the A-pillars as well as a larger tray for a smartphone that can optionally feature an inductive interface for charging.
Technology-wise, the biggest change is the switch to electro-mechanical power steering which reduces fuel consumption and opens up access to an array of new driver assistance systems. Those include Lane Assist, Park Assist, Trailer Assist, and more. Standard safety systems include Rear Traffic Alert and Cross Wind Assist, among other features.
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The facelifted VW Multivan also gains optional extras such as the second-generation chassis control system (DCC), adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop-and-go function (only with DSG), as well as the XDS electronic differential lock.
The all-diesel engine lineup includes four power plants with a 2.0-liter displacement and 90 PS (89 hp), 110 PS (109 hp), 150 PS (148 hp), and 199 PS (195 hp). The latter two engines can be combined with 4Motion all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission (standard on the 199 PS engine). The 90 PS and 110 PS unit are only offered with a five-speed manual gearbox while the 150 PS powertrain is mated as standard with a six-speed manual.
Prices in Germany start from €22,950 (approximately $25,430) for the Transporter panel van with the 90 PS engine and €31,000 ($34,350) for the Multivan Family with the 110 PS unit.