The Volkswagen Group owns two major players in the heavy truck industry, Scania and MAN, and the latter has decided to enter uncharted territories with the all-new TGE.
Targeting other lightweight commercial vehicles, the MAN TGE is essentially a re-badged version of the Volkswagen Crafter, which remains mostly identical to the original model, apart for some visual tweaks on the front end and inside.
Two wheelbases, three roof heights and as different lengths are available for clients to choose from, as the closed delivery vans range from 5,983 mm (236 in) to 7,388 mm (291 in) long, while the heights between 2,340 mm (92 in) and 2,800 mm (110 in). Depending on the version selected, the maximum load volume stands at up to 18.3 cubic meters.
Offered in both single and crew cab variants, with FWD, RWD or AWD, the MAN TGE is powered by a selection of 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine, with single or twin turbochargers, producing between 102 PS (101 HP) and 177 PS (175 HP), coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic.
Fatigue recognition, multi-collision brake, distance-regulated cruise control, back up assist, Emergency Brake Assist, electromechanical power steering and others can be had at no extra cost or by checking the options list.
MAN will offer the TGE on sale in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands starting next June, two months after production commences. Additional European countries will take delivery of the commercial van in fall, though chances of it reaching North American shores are slim.