Model launches

Volkswagen Australia announces timing for Transporter T6.1 range, return of the Kombi Camper Van

Model launches

Volkswagen Australia announces timing for Transporter T6.1 range, return of the Kombi Camper Van

12 February 2020

Volkswagen Australia is pleased to announce the next evolution of its iconic T6 Transporter van and people mover range, dubbed ‘T6.1’, is on its way to Australia in Q3 2020. Best of all, in response to Australian customer demand, the new T6.1 range will also include a camper van variant, the California Beach.

As one of Volkswagen’s longest-running model line-ups, the Transporter van and people mover range has been a favourite with Australian businesses and families alike for generations. Following the 2014 launch of the sixth generation Transporter, the T6, Volkswagen Australia will introduce the upgraded T6.1 model update in Q3-2020.

As seen in previous generations of the popular T-series, the T6.1 will offer a range of body styles, engines and transmissions across vans and people movers and, for the first time in this model generation, the return of the legendary camper van, which will be offered in the versatile ‘Beach’ model grade and customisable via customer pre-production order.

The move from T6 to T6.1 sees a raft of updates for the model line-up, including an updated front exterior design in keeping with the latest Volkswagen design language, a new interior design with the latest infotainment technology, advanced driver assistance technology including Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert and Crosswind Assist – which premiered in the new Crafter.

The T6.1 will also premiere a new engine and transmission combination: the TDI340 turbocharged diesel with 110kW, paired to a DSG transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia, Mr. Ryan Davies, was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the T6.1 range, and finally giving Australian Kombi Camper fans what they’ve been asking for.

“For our customers, the Transporter is more than just a van; it’s an office, a troupe carrier and a workhorse. The T6.1 range is more than just a facelift. With the T6.1 update of our popular van and people mover variants, our Transporter range gives customers even greater access to our latest tech, design and safety systems,” Mr Davies said.

“Best of all, with the introduction of the T6.1 California Beach, we are finally answering fan and customer demand for a factory-backed, turn-key weekender – we’re ecstatic to be bringing the Kombi Van back to Oz,” Mr. Davies continued.

In the coming months, Volkswagen Australia will offer further details of local specification and pricing, prior to local introduction in the third quarter of this year.