VW Previews Next-Gen T6 Transporter with Tristar Concept

VW unwrapped the Tristar concept at the IAA show in Hannover today, with the pickup truck study giving us a first look at the next Transporter series (T6) that will launch in 2015.

Unveiled in the presence of German rock band “The Scorpions”, the Tristar is compared by VW with a Swiss Army knife, as the concept vehicle combines extreme off-road capabilities with flexible transport and storage capacities, making the Tristar equally suitable as a mobile workshop, a mobile high-tech office or a surf mobile.

At 4,788 mm (188.5in) long, 2,320 mm (91.3in) wide and 2,066 mm (81.3in) tall, the Tristar is a pickup truck with an extended cab, styling bar and short wheelbase, fitted with a permanent 4Motion four-wheel drive system with mechanical rear axle differential lock and 30 mm (1.18in) additional ground clearance.

The concept features sharp, wrap-around lines, LED headlights and a sleeker front end than the current Transporter line. Inside, the monolithic dashboard reminds of the earlier models of the VW Transporter, while the 20-inch tablet table video conferencing and sound systems give it a high-tech feel. The driver and passenger seats are turnable and slidable, with the Tristar even featuring an espresso machine.

The load can be distributed on two separate levels: on the flatbed and in a spacious, dust-proof and watertight drawer under the flatbed section, where a deep-tread spare tire is also housed.

The study is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine producing 204PS (201hp) at 4,000 rpm and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque at 1,400 rpm. Mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission, the engine allows the Tristar to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds and to reach a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph).

We hear that the new T6, which will heavily resemble this concept, will have its global debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.


  • John

    can we get more pics of the truck, and less of those old guys

    • Christian

      Old Guys? You don´t know who they are? Guess you are American…

      • Six Thousand Times

        You have to be old yourself to know the Scorpions. It has been a few years…

  • MJ Coffey

    Looks impressing. The design reminds me of the T4 (especially the T4 ‘Pritsche’) while the rear lights might be a mix between T4 and T3.

  • YipYap

    I don’t understand The Scorpions tie-in, but I like the looks of the truck.

  • jarooo4

    OMG it lokks awesome with that T3 style rear!

  • DoctorNickRiviera

    Can we please get this in the USA? Take my $25k now!!!!

    • TheHake

      25k… as deposit?

      • DoctorNickRiviera

        Its not very big, and clearly going to have a lot less content by the time its all said and done. I don’t see why it would be much more than that.

        • Six Thousand Times

          If by “not much more” you mean $10 – 15K then you are correct.

          • DoctorNickRiviera

            No. Its smaller than the Amarok. There is no reason it should cost more. This thing is only 188″ long – its a midsize car at most in size. If a VW transit van costs $29k in UK, and an Amarok costs $32k, they can build this thing in Mexico or Tennessee for significantly less than that.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Uh-huh. You’ll pay 25 large for a well-specced Jetta. Check with your dealer before you reply – they’re advertised at about 20K but throw on wheels and ICE and that’ll be 25 grand to you. Again, check your dealer before responding.

            And an Amarok MSRPs in the UK for £20,700 to start so if you’ve found one for $32,000, buy it and save 3 thousand bucks.

          • DoctorNickRiviera

            I’ve owned two Wolfsburg Jettas with 2.0T and 6 speed DSG (’08 and ’10). Both were pretty loaded for under $21k.

          • Six Thousand Times

            2010 was 5 model years ago in a very tough car market. And you responded way too soon to have checked with your dealer, didn’t you?

  • okb

    That is so Fricken cool. I hope nz gets them.

  • Dude00

    Looks like VW Unimog to me… Not bad but needs dual cab!

  • Estilo

    The door is clearly from the T5, look at it’s shape, and the door handles. I think it’s just a major facelift.

  • Joff

    At least Bono isn’t there

    • Six Thousand Times

      As far as you know…