After plenty of spy shots, pictures of the Volkswagen Transporter T6 2020 have finally emerged. The Volkswagen Transporter 2020, or T6.1, upgrade isn’t exactly extensive; virtually nothing has changed structurally, and the alterations mainly consist of a new grille, front bumper, dashboard layout and the introduction of new technology.
Volkswagen first launched the Transporter, known then as the Type 2, back in 1950 and in its 68-year history has gone on to sell almost 13 million examples. The most recent version, the Transporter T6, went on sale in 2015, although the van hasn’t altered much since the T5 was introduced in 2003.
The German manufacturer has long employed a policy of evolution, rather than revolution, with its commercial vehicles. Instead of larger overhauls, Volkswagen prefers to embark on smaller updates, more frequently.
While Volkswagen states the current model, the T6, was introduced in 2015 – its basically an evolution of the T5 which hit the market in 2003 as it is based on the same 7H / 7J platform.
As expected, the visual appearance of the 2020 Transporter doesn’t differ greatly from the current model. The only notable differences are to the grille, lights and front bumper.
The split grille design of the previous generation has been integrated into one, large grille, which helps increase the airflow to the engines, which have been slightly optimised to meet the latest emission standard. The headlights are slightly narrower and the fog light surrounds have also been altered.
VW Transporter T6 2020 specification
Inside, the dashboard has been replaced by one of a similar, horizontal design but with diagonal lines which is more appealing and more functional thanks to a new 230v socket and increased storage space including a lockable compartment under the passenger bench.
Available as an option is the third generation of the modular infotainment matrix (MIB3) with 9.2-inch display and a SIM reader to allow access to an array of web-based functions and services.
New features also include central locking, electric windows, electrically-adjustable and heated wing mirrors, LED interior lights, and the new ‘Composition Audio’ radio system with Bluetooth. The electromagnetic steering from the Crafter has also been introduced, as has crosswind assist, lane keeping assist and automatic parking.
VW Transporter T6 2020 engines
Volkswagen has adapted the 2.0-litre EA189 engine to achieve the latest Euro 6D, or Euro 6.2, emission standard. To achieve this, the power ratings have been affected so that it only now ranges from 90hp to 199PS (previously 84PS to 204PS). There will also be an electric version (read more about the Volkswagen e-Transporter). They will be hooked to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed DSG automatic.
More practical load area
To bring it inline with a lot of its stablemates, Volkswagen has introduced a new load-through facility to load longer items. A hole in the bulkhead allows items to be loaded underneath the passenger bench, increasing the maximum load length to 2,800mm (SWB) and 3,300mm (LWB); an increase of 400mm.
Volkswagen Transporter T6 2020 price and availability
The 2020 Volkswagen Transporter T6 is expected to hit VW’s 72-strong Van Centre network at the start of 2020, and prices aren’t expected to differ too much from the current £20,930 to £38,530 plus VAT list prices.