After a gradual teaser campaign, Volkswagen pulled the sheets clean off the all-new T7 Multivan this week, charting a new path for its multifunctional passenger van. No longer a member of the Transporter family, the Multivan now stands on its own. It celebrates the newfound freedom with a boatload of tech, ranging from semi-autonomy to plug-in hybrid power. The future of Volkswagen MPVs and camper vans looks quite bright.
In separating it from the Transporter, Volkswagen Commercial switches the Multivan over to the MQB platform that underpins a wide variety of passenger vehicles from the Polo to the Atlas. The move kicks off a three-headed Volkswagen Bulli strategy that will see the T7 Multivan, Transporter T6.1 and upcoming ID. Buzz all sold alongside each other. The ID. Buzz electric range will include both cargo and MPV models.
Styling-wise, the Multivan finds a natural fit between the boxier T6.1's dimensions and the ID. Buzz concept's retro-future curves. Its hood gets shortened and rounded from the previous generation, and its raked windshield further lightens the two-box divide while improving visibility.
Volkswagen does away with the oversized grille of the T6.1, replacing it with a smoother body-color front-end with several levels of grille perforations. It looks much subtler than the T6.1 grille from an angle but still reads as a little too much grille from head-on — in our opinion, anyway. The new grille design pays homage to the smooth-faced rear-engined Bullis of the past and successfully finds a middle ground between the ID. Buzz and Transporter T6.1. Full-width front lighting and classic two-color body paint further accentuate the look of the new Multivan.