Volkswagen Tristar concept unveiled

We don’t usually concern ourselves with vans at Only Motors, but when they are as potentially significant as this one, we make an exception.

This is the Volkswagen Tristar concept, an all-road, stretched-cab, pick-up truck. It riffs on the original Tristar, a special edition of the T3 pick-up, launched 30 years ago.

The new Tristar has ruggedised styling, suspension raised 30mm and 17-alloys with knobbly tyres. Under the flatbed at the back is a large, dust-proof, watertight drawer for valuables.

Under the bonnet is a 201bhp, 332lb/ft 2.0-ltre turbo diesel engine, sending drive to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

Inside, there’s a tablet table, video conferencing and sound systems, turning and sliding seats and an espresso machine. So you can turn it into a mobile office.

Why, then, is this concept so significant? Well, underneath the motor show frippery, this could well be the next-generation of VW’s big-selling Transporter van, the T6.

The front-end styling is all-new but familiar; the rear is reminiscent of the old T3, though might not reach production as it probably doesn’t meet the current rules on light height, which would be a shame as it’s a really nice touch.

The dashboard architecture is clean and simple, with a central display screen and minor controls grouped below it. The Tristar is jazzed up with silver trim and brown leather, but the production T6 will see a step-up in material quality.

Of course, where there’s a new Transporter, there’s a new Caravelle; the big, posh people carrier version. It’ll be interesting t see how it stacks up against the new Mercedes V-Class, due next year.

Visit the Volkswagen website here

Volkswagen Tristar
That rear light arrangement recalls the classic rear-engined Transporter T3
Volkswagen Tristar
We’ve decided every car needs a tablet table
Volkswagen Tristar
This is the original T3-based Tristar of 1984, the first publicly available VW with 4WD

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