2019 VW Multivan 6.1 Heralds Major Tech Update For Transporter Family

Volkswagen has just lifted the veils off the Multivan 6.1 in Wolfsburg, introducing a major update for its Transporter cargo vans, Caravelle and Multivan people carriers, and California campers.

While the Transporter family gets a refreshed front end design and dashboard, the bulk of the updates focuses on increasing the digitalization and connectivity of the vehicle, as well as making it safer courtesy of new driving assistance tech.

Thanks to the switch from a hydraulic power steering to an electromechanical system, the facelifted VW Transporter can benefit from new assistance systems. Those include the standard Cross Wind Assist which automatically stabilizes the vehicle when strong wind gusts blow, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Rear View Assist, Trailer Assist, Side Protection, and dynamic road sign display.

Speaking of display, the T6.1 gains available digital instruments for the first time and the latest connected infotainment systems. The dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate the 8-inch Digital Cockpit and the third generation of the modular infotainment matrix (MIB3) with a 9.2-inch touchscreen. The interface comes with an integrated SIM card (eSIM) that enables a range of online-based functions and services, including internet radio and music streaming services.

On the mechanical front, the facelifted Transporter family also gains an updated engine lineup consisting of new 2.0-liter TDI engines with outputs ranging from 90 PS (89 hp) to 199 PS (196 hp) as well as an all-electric model developed by ABT.

The latter will be motivated by a 112PS (110hp) electric motor fed by batteries with capacities of up to 77.6 kWh enabling NEDC-rated driving ranges of more than 400 km (248 miles). The facelifted VW Transporter models will arrive in European markets this fall.

*Post updated with live images from the VW Group Night event in Geneva

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Live Photos Copyright Guido ten Brink – SB Medien for Carscoops.com

  • These things are great. Too bad they don’t sell them in ‘Murica.

    • I wish they did.

    • TennJoe

      Had a two tone medium blue/light blue ’97 LT with double door hatch. One of my favorite vehicles

  • Liam Paul

    Am I not the only one who looks at this and see the Chevrolet Astro Minivan from the 80s and 90s? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ad5cf166f7a18eadf1f8bbaf7ce83c9981ede33149687b1668fcd4cb79a24b4.jpg

  • WAOW that has a big stupid looking useless grille.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I love this trend by VAG towards dividing their oversized grilles into two halves. I wish Genesis would do something similar with their new superman grille.

    • Matt

      But a big grille is deemed ‘luxury’ now, especially in markets like China. Making the Genesis grille look smaller would diminish its purpose.

      • MarketAndChurch

        Halving the grille wouldn’t necessarily make it look smaller. It would simply make it more unique, and an opportunity for designers to give the front end of a car with a large grille more “flavor.” Like they did on the Audi E-tron grille. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb80f78eecb06dddf7a3537399144a821913ac83c29fe1240a517ae99cb4a3c6.jpg

        • Matt

          I know what you’re saying, but I think the Genesis grille is evolving into an Alfa-esque shield, which would look strange if divided as it would make it look less prominent. Genesis, being a new brand, needs to cement a recognizable identity on the road and I think a distinctively-shaped large grille is a good way to do that.

  • DM

    A roadtrip in this van would be cool.

    • It’s liveable space for sure.


  • driv3r

    Quite amazing how they pump out yet another mid-cycle refresh of the T6 since the T6 itself is nothing else than a big facelift of the T5 which started in 2003 so the base of this car is already 16 years old.
    Impressive how the fit again a new dashboard and new electronics into the car. Infotainment-wise the T6.1 is a bigger refresh than the recently shown Mercedes-Benz V-Class which only got a bigger COMAND-screen but no such things as a digital cockpit.

    • alexxx

      “refresh” is vw philosophy…not a bad one…

  • brn

    Is this one also made by Chrysler?

    • Matt

      The Transporter has never been made by Chrysler.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        He may be talking about the Routan, which was not a Transporter, but was badged as a VW, despite being manufactured by Chrysler. It was just a rebadged RT platform minivan. You are absolutely right that the T-series Transporters have always been manufactured by VW.

  • TennJoe

    Reminds me of my Chevy Astro Van from the late ’90’s which I really liked. Nice job VW.

  • BlackPegasus

    A thousand photos and not one of the seating configuration. 😒

  • Paul

    Considering it’s just a van, and I’m not particularly interested in them, I do like the looks of it.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Anybody know what “dynamic road sign display” is?

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