The Volkswagen Multivan PanAmericana is the van for going off-road thanks to a higher ride height and all-wheel drive.
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Transporter is now ready for an adventure with the new addition of the Multivan PanAmericana debuting at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show. It’s one of 33 different models of the brand’s popular van at the event.
PanAmericana offers customers the chance to head off-road with plenty of people along for the ride. The new van should be able to take more punishment because there are front and rear skid plates, side-sill protectors, and cladding along the vehicle’s lower edges for guarding against stone chips. It's also more stylish thanks to parts like smoked taillight lenses, tinted rear windows, and textured paint for the bumpers. VW jacks up the ride height by 0.79 inches (20 millimeters) and installs 4Motion all-wheel drive for going off the beaten path. However, customers can also opt for the standard suspension and front-wheel drive, if they want the model's rugged look without the extra capability for challenging harsher terrain.
Where the PanAmericana looks ready for an off-road adventure on the outside, the interior is quite luxurious. The standard models get two-tone upholstery with Alcantara pads, and full leather is also an option. The driver enjoys a welcoming cockpit that includes a multi-function leather steering wheel and aluminum pedal covers. The Climatronic HVAC system should keep everyone inside at a comfortable temperature regardless of the harsh conditions outside. Rubber floor mats mean when things get muddy, the owner can just spray them off.
The van's customers should have no problem finding just the right powertrain because there are seven engines to choose from: five diesels and two gasoline-fueled units. Among them is a new TDI powerplant that produces 113 horsepower (84 kilowatts). VW sees the diesel mill as the compromise between the current 101-hp (75-kW) and 148-hp (110-kW) choices. Prices in Germany begin at 47,552.40 euros ($53,100) for front-wheel drive versions and 54,983.95 euros ($61,400) with all-wheel drive.