2025 Volkswagen Transporter details revealed as pre-orders open overseas

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More details of the new-generation Volkswagen Transporter – twinned with the Ford Transit Custom – have been published ahead of its unveiling next year.

The new 2025 Volkswagen Transporter has gone on sale in Germany ahead of its Australian arrival in early 2025, and its formal unveiling without disguise next year.

The Transporter van and its Caravelle passenger version are twins under the skin to the latest Ford Transit Custom, as part of a partnership between the two car-makers which also sees the Volkswagen Amarok related to the Ford Ranger ute.

Volkswagen has announced further details of the new van – and opened pre-order books in Germany – ahead of its unveiling next year.

In standard form the new Transporter is 5050mm long, an increase of 146mm, and has a 3100mm wheelbase – the space between the front and rear axles – which is 97mm longer than its predecessor. A long-wheelbase model with a 5450mm-long body will be optional.

The Transporter is also 128mm wider, at 2032mm, with the space between the wheel housings growing by 148mm to 1392mm.

It will be available as a delivery van with one or two rows of seats, and panels or glass in the rear-window spaces – as well as a passenger version, and a double-cab chassis.

Buyers in Europe will be able to choose between two roof heights, with the high roof now offered on short-wheelbase Transporters – as well as a tailgate or rear barn doors – and the option of the high roof and longer wheelbase on passenger and panel-van versions.

The increased dimensions contribute to greater cargo space in the short-wheelbase standard-roof models, now 5.8 cubic metres, up from 3.5 cubic metres in the outgoing version, according to Volkswagen.

The company says standard equipment levels have increased compared to the previous Transporter. In Europe all models feature LED headlights and tail-lights, a 12-inch digital instrument display, multi-function steering wheel and a 13-inch infotainment touchscreen which appears to run Ford software with a Volkswagen skin (fonts, colours and icons).

Standard features on European Transporters also include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and traffic sign recognition.

The new Transporter will be sold with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and electric power, sharing engines with its Ford Transit Custom sibling.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is available in Europe in 81kW, 110kW and 125kW outputs, with front-wheel drive as standard, or optional all-wheel drive on the two higher power outputs.

The plug-in hybrid version – badged eHybrid and not yet on sale – will be available in a single specification producing 171kW.

The electric Transporter will start with a 54kWh battery and 85kW output, with a larger 83kWh battery pack available in conjunction with 100kW, 160kW and 210kW electric motors.

While no figures for how far the electric vans can travel have been released, it should be a significant uplift on the 2020 eTransporter – an electric version backed by VW but built by specialist company ABT – which used an 83kW electric motor and quoted a meagre 132km driving range.

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Towing and payload capabilities have also increased, with Volkswagen claiming the standard-body 110kW turbo-diesel Transporter now has a 1.3-tonne payload, compared to 1.2 tonnes for its predecessor.

VW says the towing capacity for Transporters in the same specification has increased from 2.5 to 2.8 tonnes, while maximum roof load is up 20kg to 170kg.

Australian details and prices for the new Volkswagen Transporter are due closer to its introduction in 2025.

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