The new Volkswagen T7 Multivan is on sale and it can now be purchased with a diesel powertrain. The 148 hp 2.0-litre TDI unit joins the fourth engine variant, sitting above the 134 hp 1.5-litre petrol TSI, but below the 201 hp 2.0-litre TSI and the 215 hp 1.4-litre TSI eHybrid.
As such, the diesel also sits just above the 1.5-litre TSI price, starting at £44,410 in entry-level Life specification. Like the rest of the Multivan range, the front-wheel-drive diesel uses a seven-speed DSG gearbox. With diesel now on sale, the full T7 Multivan range is now available to order with first deliveries to customers at the end of March.
Instead of being positioned as a direct successor to the T6 Caravelle, the T7 Multivan is being touted as an all-new model that will also replace VW’s Touran and Sharan minivans. However, the facelifted T6 – the T6.1 – will continue to be built as a utility vehicle. Both models will be complemented by the all-electric ID. Buzz. This change in positioning means the Multivan has been updated, with a tech-rich interior and new running gear, including plug-in hybrid drive.
The van-based MPV is available from £43,160 for the 134bhp 1.5 TSI Life model. Standard kit on the Life trim includes 16-inch alloys, power dual-lock sliding doors, a 10-inch infotainment system and VW’s Digital Cockpit TFT dials. Active safety technologies such as Front Assist and Lane Assist are also available. Next is the diesel model which ranges from £44,410 to £56,300 for the long wheelbase Style version.
Specify your T7 Multivan with the 201hp 2.0 TSI petrol engine and prices will start from £58,130 as it is only available in the Style specification. This adds a kit such as VW’s IQ. LED light matrix headlights, satellite navigation system, parking assistance, fully electric sliding doors and electric tailgate with easy-open function; 17-inch alloys are also included.
Finally, the 215 hp plug-in hybrid model. Priced at £48,835, it brings features such as a Harmon Kardon sound system, privacy glass, panoramic glass roof and 18-inch alloys. The eHybrid configuration uses a 1.4 TSI turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor to produce a combined 215hp – in a system similar to the Golf and Passat GTE, while the 13kWh lithium-ion battery will provide electric-only operation for approximately 30 miles.
On the outside, the new Multivan has styling that sits somewhere between the ID Golf and VW electric model range, with a slender grille and standard LED headlights, a relatively smooth nose, sleek body panels and a new horizontal tail light design. The narrow A-pillars are meant to improve forward visibility, while the large glass area will give the interior a feeling of space.
Inside, VW updated the seven-seat interior layout. There are now five individual chairs – so the Caravelle’s large, heavy three-seater bench seat is no more – and the chairs themselves are up to 25 per cent lighter than those of its predecessor. As in the Caravelle, the seats can slide back and forth through floor rails, the two middle row seats can rotate 180 degrees and a multi-position table is located between them.
The Multivan’s completely flat floor means the table can now be moved fully forward between the front seats. An optional panoramic glass roof is also available for the first time.
Technology on board includes VW’s 10.25-inch digital cockpit dials, touchscreen controls and USB-C connectivity, while an optional head-up display is a first for a VW commercial vehicle. A built-in eSIM means the Multivan is always connected, while satellite navigation and connected services – as seen elsewhere in VW’s range – are available.
Elsewhere inside, the Multivan has an electric parking brake as standard, while all models have the DSG automatic gearbox. The elimination of the gear lever and the handbrake lever created even more space in the cabin. There’s 469 liters of boot space in seven-seat mode and 1,844 liters with the rearmost row removed. The Multivan is available in two lengths, measuring 4,973mm and 5,173mm, and these models have maximum load capacities of 3,672 liters and up to 4,053 liters, when fitted with panoramic windows.
Although the T7 Multivan offers improved passenger carrying capacity, it is not currently planned to form the basis of a new line of California motorhomes – these will continue to be based on the T6.1 van Transport.
The safety kit follows that of other MQB-based models, with City Emergency Braking, Traffic Signaling and Lane Assist offered, while the Multivan also includes Car2X, a system that enables local communication with other drivers. other vehicles and the road infrastructure to warn of possible hold-ups and delays. 360-degree cameras and IQ.DRive Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving are also available.
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