Test VW T6.1: Digital update with electricity bill

Under the heading ,, icon. Volkswagen has presented the extensively updated T series – the T6.1 – the name says it all – the new Bulli is an update to its predecessor, the T6, a revision of the T5, which is being converted to electromechanical steering Assistance systems move into the Bulli In addition, ABT will supplement the engine range of the 2.0-liter TDI units with a purely electric version.

From the outside, the “update” of the T-series is the starting point for its facelift, with the radiator grille taking up more space and a double chrome trim strip gives the T6.1 together with the generous grille a comparatively sharp, powerful look According to VW chief designer Albert Kierzinger the design was also technically necessary for the modern diesel.

Inside, there is a newly designed dashboard to admire, which is modeled after the premium brothers from the Volkswagen Group. The objective here is to bring new excitement into the Bulli, which he can well tolerate. With sharp angles and diagonals that were used far more playfully than before, a jump succeeds here.

One of the new assistance systems is the side window assistant fitted as standard in all T6.1s: It automatically stabilizes the Bulli as soon as the lateral wind becomes a storm. Also on board is the “Lane Assist” lane keeping system, which registers lane boundaries marked via the camera and automatically keeps the T6.1 in the lane, making parking in and out of the car easier. When activated, the T6.1 automatically threads on and off; the driver only has to operate accelerator and brake.

For the creak-free parking, the flank protection for the T6.1 was adapted from the Crafter. It reduces the risk of damage by means of ultrasonic sensors distributed around the carriage. The Ausparkassistent protects against accidents at the reset: the system warns of vehicles, which approach themselves behind the own car in the 90-degree angle. If the driver does not react, the system becomes active itself via brake intervention.

The Crafter also features the “Trailer Assist.” The reversing camera registers the angle of the trailer drawbar, so the driver only has to set the angle at which he wants to reset, which is done via the small joystick if the assistant has been ordered who is actually on board for setting the side mirrors.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has also expanded the scope of the individual standard equipment of the Multivan. For example, the 6.1 Trendline has the upgraded new dash panel, the “6.5” touchscreen composition system, electric pedestrian protection for the doors, new H7 headlamps and a leather multifunction steering wheel compared to its predecessor The Comfortline includes, among other things, the “Premium” multifunction display, decals in the dash panel and side panels, the “Light & Visibility” package as well as additional USB interfaces in the passenger compartment. Headlamps, which also have new LED taillights, the “Park Assist” (including “Park Pilot” front and rear and shunting brake function), The 8-inch navigation system “Discover Media” and the “Digital Cockpit” are added. The new equipment ranges of the Caravelle and California VWN announces time-delayed.

The T6.1 will be available for market launch with 2.0-liter turbo diesel engines. They all meet the emission standard Euro 6d-Temp-Evap. The new basic engine makes 90 hp. In the performance level above, the 2.0 TDI now develops 110 hp. Take over from the predecessor of the 2.0 TDI with 150 hp and a 2.0 TDI biturbo with 199 hp. The 150 PS TDI can be ordered as an option with a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and 4Motion all-wheel drive. The 199-hp top version comes standard with DSG and optionally also with four-wheel drive.

Through a cooperation with the partner ABT, the T6.1 will finally be a zero emission vehicle. With an output of 112 hp and battery capacities of either 38.8 kWh or 77.6 kWh, ranges of over 400 km (NEDC) are possible.

Another key change is the conversion to the Modular Infotainment Building Kit (MIB 3). It features a 10.25-inch digital cockpit in the dashboard, which also features an integrated SIM card, natural voice control and a wireless Apple CarPlay. Using the “View” button in the multifunction steering wheel, the driver can display the rotary speed and speed instruments as required, as well as, for example, the navigation map in the center, or a digital view with various info fields.

Thanks to the e-SIM card, it is now possible to use an emergency call assistant in the T6.1. In addition, the Bulli now complies with Daimler-like natural language commands, which are adopted with “Hey Volkswagen” and later “Hey Bulli”. The T6.1 sets such phrases as “I would like to go to the Semper Opera House in Dresden.” However, whether that makes sense in the van version is an open question. Other useful amenities include a 230-volt socket on the driver’s seat and a lockable compartment in the driver’s seat the double seat on the passenger side.

In addition, the transporter has been redesigned to be able to load particularly long pieces. You can now be pushed up under the passenger double seat. As a result, the maximum loading space length increases from 2450 to 2800 millimeters, and in the case of the long wheelbase version from 2900 to 3300 millimeters. As standard, the van is also equipped with a separate cargo compartment closure, provided that a partition wall is provided.

The starting signal for the T6.1 will fall in the fall of this year at around € 35,000.

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