The long-lived model enters the electric era. The T7 version Volkswagen Type 2 will be the first vehicle in the range with a plug-in hybrid engine.
The hybrid version comes from the new MQB platform, similar to the VW Group’s production cars, from the Audi A3 to the Volkswagen Caddy small van. The novelty was wider and lower than the previous model. The windshield base has been pushed so far forward that there is now an extra window between the door and the A-pillar, giving the MPV a more classic look.
The bonnet is flatter, and the full-width grille and headlights give the T7 a more dynamic and modern look, reminiscent of the classic 1979-1991 T3 generation square bus. VW’s designers decided to repaint the air intakes in body color, which is another retro reference to the old air-cooled Kombis. LED headlights are standard.
VW has also worked hard on the T7’s interior, which is now 25% lighter with 7 seats. The second row of seats can be rotated 180 degrees, and the third row now consists of separate removable seats. The new table is height adjustable and moves between any of the rows of seats.
An electric parking brake and a dual-clutch DSG gearbox are standard. And from this, everything becomes more technological, thanks to the Digital Cockpit instrument package, wireless smartphone charging and an additional head-up display.
The T7 offers a choice of a 1.5-liter TSI with 134 hp. or 2.0-liter TSi petrol with 201 hp. Next year, a 148bhp diesel engine will be added to the lineup. All three drive the front wheels through a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The eHybrid hybrid setup is mated to a 148bhp 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. with an electric motor with a power of 85 kW. The total power is 215 hp. The hybrid makes do with a 6-speed DSG gearbox.
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