The next-generation Volkswagen Transporter, set to arrive in 2024, will feature a new architecture developed in collaboration with Ford and offer electric power for the first time. The van will share its platform with the Ford Transit Custom and will be manufactured at the Ford Otosan factory in Turkey. The new Transporter will be available in various configurations, including a nine-seater Shuttle, two-row Kombi, and a cargo-carrying panel van.
While a Sportline trim is anticipated, it has not been officially confirmed. The Transporter will not serve as the foundation for the new California camper, which will be derived from the MQB-platformed Multivan MPV. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles boss Carsten Intra noted that the Transporter will be their only multi-traction vehicle, making it essential to cater to different customer needs, including those who require a battery electric vehicle (BEV) and others who prefer hybrid options.
The new Transporter is expected to share components with the Ford E-Transit Custom, including batteries, electric motors, engines, gearboxes, and chassis structures. The van will offer various drivetrains, including diesel, petrol-electric, and pure-electric, similar to its Transit counterpart. Both vans will have similar dimensions and be less than 2 meters tall for easy city use. The Transporter’s design will differ from the Ford, and it’s expected to incorporate cues from the more upscale Multivan.
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