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Sports styling for new VW Transporter

By raccars Published


A sporty look and a bumper package of features for the new VW T32 Sportline - and more to come!

Vans may not be particularly renowned for their sporty styling but Volkswagen obviously doesn’t see this as a barrier and has added a new VW Sportline trim to its ever-popular Transporter. There also appear to be further sporty options planned for later in the year.

Prices for the Sportline start at £36.295 for a BiTDI diesel engine, with extra equipment and upgraded styling. The new VW trim level will only be available with the T32 kombi to start with, although other versions are likely to get the Sportline option later this year.

Features of the new VW Sportline trim

Upgrades to the new VW T32 exterior styling with the Sportline trim include deep bumpers and the front and back, bi-colour 18-inch alloys, lowered suspension, carbon-fibre mirror caps and puddle lights.

New black and red leather embossed upholstery is a major feature of the interior, together with Sportline floor mats. There are also piano black inserts for the gear stick and the steering wheel.

The equipment on offer is also boosted with the Discover Media navigation system included as standard, and drivers can benefit from a range of comfort and convenience features, including smartphone connectivity, LED lights, front parking sensors, a heated windscreen, and air conditioning.

The LED lights are mated with Light Assist. This makes use of a camera in order to adjust and dip the van’s main beam if it detects an oncoming vehicle.

More choice to come

The Transporter Sportline’s engine will initially be a 2.0-litre, 177bhp BiTDI diesel, paired with a DSG seven-speed gearbox. More transmission and wheelbase options are expected to be available later in the year. There should also be a panel van model that will start being delivered in 2017.

Volkswagen Commercial vehicles hopes that the T32 Sportline will take on the feel of the Passat when it comes to driving a vehicle with a high-end feel and some glamour to boot. The design is reminiscent of the R-Line Passat, even down to the saloon-style headlights.

Success of the T-series

The new VW Transporter Sportline is the latest in a T-series that has been in existence for 66 years, selling no less than 12 million vans. The T6 replaced the successful T5 last year and the Transporter range was named International Van of the Year 2016.

The sixth generation version was launched with the aim of offering a classier feel compared with rivals such as the Ford Transit Custom, whilst still looking very similar to both the T4 and T5. The main differences on the T6 are the LED headlamps, slim grille and rear light clusters.

The interior has the feel of a car, whilst offering the load volume and competitive payload of a smaller-sized van. It is designed to offer comfort during long journeys and a quiet ride even at higher speeds.

The short-wheelbase TDI 102 2.0 Volkswagen Transporter can get from 0 to 62mph in 15.3 seconds and has a top speed of 98mph.

VW BlueMotion Technology, meanwhile, aims to boost the efficiency of the van and includes a stop-start system, regenerative breaking and resistance tyres. On a combined cycle, this allows the van to achieve 47.9mpg and total CO2 emissions of 153g/km.

The T6 panel van has a five-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth and DAB+ radio as standard, and includes eight load lashing rings.

Standard safety features on the T6, meanwhile, include the VW driver alert system; post-collision; automatic braking; and brake assist.

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