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.
Gallery: Volkswagen Multivan PanAmericana
Huge variety of models of the sixth generation T series at IAA Commercial Vehicles
33 different models of the T series at the IAA
Multivan PanAmericana as a VW van for individualists
New engine with a power output of 84 kW complements the model range
Hanover, 19 September 2016 – At this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles international trade show in Hanover, Germany, Volkswagen presents the broad range of the sixth generation of its Transporter van series, ranging from a panel van and various conversions for commercial use, to the Caravelle and the California and the fully equipped Multivan.
The Multivan PanAmericana is a special highlight in the T series, 33 different versions of which will be on show at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles booth in Hall 12 as well as in the outdoor area.
The PanAmericana combines the comfort of the Multivan with the off-road capability of an SUV. No matter where you plan to go, the Multivan PanAmericana is supremely up to the task!
With the help of its extra 20 mm of ground clearance (which can optionally be deselected) and 17" alloy wheels (18" as an option), the Multivan PanAmericana can even conquer tough terrain without any difficulty. Featuring front and rear bumpers painted in a textured effect, designer underride protection at front and back, side sill attachments and stone guard liner along the lower sides of the vehicle, it is easily up to the requirements of off-road driving.
In addition to these functional highlights, the Multivan PanAmericana also has a striking and refined outfit: tinted rear windows, smoked LED rear lights, a Highline radiator grille and the classy PanAmericana logo on the B-pillars give it a competent appearance.
However, it is not only from the outside that the Multivan PanAmericana impresses: the optional chequer plate floor in the passenger compartment and rugged rubber floor mats can even cope with muddy mountain bikes or snow-covered snowboards. Ready for the next adventure!
The concept of a multi-functional yet stylish all-rounder that can also be used in rugged conditions is consistently carried through to conclusion here with multifunctional leather steering wheel, leather gear knob, Climatronic, entry lights with PanAmericana lettering and stainless-steel pedals.
The entire interior features a mix of high-quality, yet simultaneously hard-wearing materials: typical styling elements, such as seats with special inserts (black and white), Alcantara pads and edging U-seams in contrasting colour, as well as optional bi-colour leather trim, underline the exclusive character of this special edition Multivan.
In addition to the proven 4MOTION all-wheel drive, the new Multivan PanAmericana is also available as a purely front-wheel-drive vehicle, thus offering great variety and freedom for individual applications when deciding which version to buy.
The new Multivan PanAmericana is available with petrol or diesel engines with front or all-wheel-drive and engines ranging from 84 kW / 114 PS.
The 84 kW TDI engine makes an attractive addition to the range of engines available for the T series, closing the gap between the 75 kW TDI and the 110 kW TDI, meaning that there are now five diesel engines and two petrol engines, delivering between 62 kW and 150 kW, for the highly successful T series.