This year at the IAA Commercial Vehicles expo in Hannover, Volkswagen will showcase no less than 33 different examples of its new, sixth-generation Transporter van. But the one that’s piqued our interest is the Multivan PanAmericana.
Previewed in concept form a year ago, the Multivan PanAmericana is now entering production essentially as an Alltrack take on the Transporter in everything but name. It features 4Motion all-wheel drive, an increased ride height, rugged front and rear bumpers, underbody protection panels, side sill attachments, and 17-inch alloys.
The PanAmericana treatment also encompasses smoked taillights, a special grille, and tinted rear windows to keep prying eyes out of the rear passenger area that features a two-tone seating, diamond-plated floor, rubber floor mats, Alcantara trim, contrast stitching, and leather control surfaces.
Buyers will be able to choose from an array of powertrains including five diesels and two gasoline engines, ranging in output from 83 horsepower to over 200. Those who like the rugged look but don’t actually plan on taking it off of dry pavement can also opt to keep the standard ride height and front-wheel drive.
Unfortunately, despite the name, the PanAmericana (like the California camper version) isn’t actually offered for sale in America – or at least not in the United States.