Speculation has been growing for some time about VW’s updated model to replace the T5, which has been in production now for ten years. The new T6 is expected to be launched in 2015. The question is: will it be a significant upgrade or will we have to wait until around 2020 for recent concept vehicles to find their way into the production schedule as the T7 ?
We’ve been treated to some hints as to the future in the recent VW launch of the 2015 California Beach Edition and the Tristar concept vehicle. VW are very keen to emphasise the 60 year heritage of their vans by presenting the new Beach alongside the Splitscreen T1 – and it’s great to see a fantastic line-up of Splitties !
As for the Tristar, this seems to be the latest in a series of concept vehicles – testing out new designs and technology, such as in-cab audio and video systems and even an espresso machine. It’s a rugged four-wheel drive reminiscent of the T3 Synchro from the 1980s which, incidentally, has just celebrated its 30-year anniversay. Another concept vehicle was shown off at the Hanover auto show last year – the e-Co-Motion, the “electrically powered city delivery van“.
‘Walkaround’ of the Tristar, unveiled in Hanover in September 2014 and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Syncro 4 wheel drive van
The rumour-mill on the web suggests the new T6 will be on sale from around May 2015. As you can from some pictures released over the last couple of months its based on the T5 platform, features only minor changes such as the front and rear lights and a shortened bonnet, and is also expected to include a line-up of new engines. For example, the 231bhp 2.0 litre diesel will be borrowed from the Passat to provide more power so the new T5 can compete more effectively with the like of the Mercedes V-Class.
So, as looks likely, the T6 is an incremental improvement on the T5 and we’ll need to wait until around 2020 when new emissions standards make a new T7 necessary. Perhaps then some of the features included in the Tristar Concept vehicle will make their way into production and perhaps also we’ll at last get to see a hybrid engine.
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