Built as a response to European customer demand where one in every five commercial vehicles sold by Volkswagen is equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), the Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack Concept has serious production potential. The 132 kW/180 PS (about 177 horsepower) 2.0 TDI engine is hooked up to a Haldex (AWD system) multi-plate coupling which is mounted to the rear axle.
The Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack Concept has an approach angle of 21° and a departure angle of 15° – which is better than many SUVs.
Sporting modern 19-inch wheels, tasteful add-on cladding/under-body protection, beefier bumpers and a minimalist approach to exterior styling, the Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack Concept’s surprises are (mostly) internal:
“This concept has also been consistently transferred into the vehicles’ interior cabin. It features high quality, durable materials with great functionality and the rugged charm of a widely travelled globetrotter: Finely stitched grey-blue Poltrona Frau seats, upholstered in the finest natural leather form a contrast to the dark brown genuine wood boat floor, which is produced using Vinterio technology. The hand-width decorative trim beneath the window’s edge which is framed in aluminium is also made of this porous material. This trim strip runs at hand-rail height along both sides of the vehicle leading into the cockpit, forming a visual link with the central, easy-to-see infotainment system. Its functions are accessed via an eight-inch touchscreen. Supplying the desired sound quality is a Dynaudio Surround Sound System.
A floor track system contributes to the tremendous versatility in the use of interior space. In addition to serving as a base for movable individual seats, it can also be used to securely mount a mobile kitchen module, which can be positioned either on the left side of the vehicle or behind the front seats – perpendicular to the direction of driving. Along with a cooling box, the module – which is easy to install or modify – also provides a gas cooker and sink with a fresh water tank. It can be individually removed for use outside of the vehicle or the entire module can be stowed in a garage, should it not be required on a specific journey.”
Harking back to the extremely off-road-capable Volkswagen T3 Syncro – the Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack Concept could be a worthy successor. Smaller RVs, and small cargo vans that could become RV platforms, have entered the North American market. Very few, if any, of these vehicles sports AWD. The Volkswagen Multivan Alltrack Concept might make a hell of an RV platform.
Speaking of European vans coming to North America…