- Magnificent freedom: 4MOTION all-wheel drive for globetrotters
- Large-capacity transport vehicle: loading device for motorcycles
Globetrotter? Off-roader? Or in this case – competitive racer? The concept of the new Multivan PanAmericana not only unites diverse worlds; with this vehicle these worlds can be conquered too. At the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the specialists from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are presenting a new limited edition – that will add yet another positive trait to the best-seller from Hannover. This is the ability to transport, conveniently and safely the owner’s valuable motorcycle in the interior, allowing them to take it to their favourite Alpine pass or race course – with electrically assisted loading and unloading.
The PanAmericana concept vehicle unites the comfort of the Multivan with the off-road capabilities of an SUV. Above all, however, it does what it does best: serving as a magnificent transport vehicle for cargo loads of nearly any type or size.
Globetrotter: Visually, the Multivan PanAmericana concept vehicle, painted in Oryx White, features distinctive details. The vehicle can be made out at first glance as a limited edition of the Multivan by the PanAmericana badge at the rear and on the B-pillar, the fins on the radiator grille and the styling line above the side sill in Flash Red and black. Wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills underscore the vehicle’s sporty image as well. Also visible in front is the sturdy lightweight metal underbody guard.
The interior is also distinguished by a mix of sophisticated yet rugged materials. Features include decorative strips on the seats in white and carbon look that are colour coordinated with the exterior paint, combined with the rugged “Clip” upholstery for the middle seat panels and white contrasting stitching. Aluminium diamond plate instead of the carpeted floor in the passenger compartment reinforces the vehicle’s rugged character.
That is because this edition being shown for the first time in Frankfurt was made for a target group with very high standards: motorcycle racers who want to conveniently transport their fine superbikes over long distances to their favourite courses. They will find that this chic version of the best-selling transport vehicle – combined with the necessary electric load ramp and interior mounting hooks – is ideal for their next (racing) adventure.
The latest generation Transporter and Caravelle are on sale in the UK now. There are no plans to bring this concept to the UK market.
Facts at a glance
Multivan PanAmericana Edition (concept vehicle)
The perfect vehicle for the next (racing) adventure.
Dimensions and weights
Length in mm 4,904
Width in mm 1,904
Height in mm 1,990
Ground clearance in mm 178
Wheelbase in mm 3,000
Approach / departure angle 21.8°/16.2°
4Motion permanent all-wheel drive, mechanical rear
Drive units / power / gearbox:
2.0 TDI BMT (EA288), 150 kW/204 PS
(450 Nm max. torque at 1,400 – 2,000 rpm)
7-speed DSG (DQ500)