Seven passengers, unlimited cool for Caravelle replacement
Loaded with convenience features like a flip middle seat and sliding console
Volkswagen has replaced its popular Caravelle van with a new van and a new name. The Multivan is the latest from VW Commercial Vehicles and it gets a PHEV model for the first time as well as some seriously cool looks for a van.
The Volkswagen Multivan, and the Caravelle it replaces, are made by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, but they’re sold as passenger models as well as cargo carriers in Europe. It’s the brand’s smaller van, sitting just under the Transporter, and it rides on the same MQB platform that goes underneath most of Volkswagen’s cars including the Golf.
It’s meant to look like the T3 Transporter of 1985, but with a more modern flair to the original design. The full-width grille and the horizontal line that circles the van make it look fun and quirky. Especially in two-tone white over orange.
Three trim levels of van and an optional glass roof make us wish that VW would bring the Multivan here. A seven-seater, the rear five seats can be moved and removed. The second row flips 180-degrees to turn the Multivan into a conference center or mobile gambling den, aided by a new folding table center console that fits into a central track to let it slide around and be used by the front, second, or third row.
Pull out all the seats and you get a completely flat floor from the dashboard back. Even the handbrake has been swapped for an electronic one to complete the pass-through.
It has Volkswagen’s best tech like the 10.25-inch digital cockpit and matrix LED lights, and 34 driver assist features including Car2X vehicle to infrastructure communication. 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio can also be fitted to make your Multivan really rock.
Since this is a Euro model it gets cool drivelines like a 145 hp 1.5L TDI that will join the lineup next year. A 1.5L and 2.0L TSI gas engines are offered, and there is a new 1.4 TSI PHEV with an electric motor to make 218 hp and offer a short electric-only range. All of them get DSG gearboxes, seven speeds for the ICE models and six for the PHEV.
The all-new Volkswagen Multivan goes on sale shortly in Europe, offering more style than any van you can buy in North America right now.