MAN Rebadges VW Crafter, Sells It As TGE

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.


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  • Evo45

    102 HP is ever enough for a vehicle like this? I’m suspicious.

    • Ilbirs

      Maybe this powerplant is tuned to have an almost flat torque curve despite some horsepower being sacrificed to do this.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Got it in one.

    • Christian

      Remember the old 1,9 TDI 90 BHP in the old Transporter! :p

  • MJ Coffey

    You know what? It actually looks pretty good as a rebadged MAN. Fits their line perfectly.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Useful if you’ve got a MAN fleet deal with a leasing group and also need vans.

  • Edumcris

    When I first read the title, I thought that a “Man” rebadged a VW vehicle and sold it as a more expensive TGE. Stupid me.

  • Randy Terpstra

    The all-new 2017 VW Crafter isn’t even on sale yet and the MAN variation is already unveiled. Since the new Crafter is no-longer a JV effort with Daimler-Benz, VW seems to be sending a message to the former partner.

  • It’s interesting to see that while, the latest Crafters have headlights that tie them in with the truck image the TGE has gone with the VW Passenger vehicle type lights. #GoldenGob

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