This is gas-powered, or maybe diesel, but we'll get the electric ID Buzz van instead.
Volkswagen teased the next Multivan this week, version T7. Known here as the Bus or the Eurovan, we haven't seen one stateside since the early 2000s. And we probably won't see this one either as we're slated for electric ID Buzz enjoyment in a year or two. We'll get our first official look at the T7 in June, but this illustration seems to look very much like a production vehicle.
The VW Transporter, hence the T, started out as a hippie-mobile but transformed into a Sprinter van-like delivery vehicle. The last few Ts wore curves in the nose and rear, though this new one looks sharp at every edge.
The two-tone paint job is meant to invoke the nameplate's history in brown over red. The Transporter just reached its seventh decade in production last year. The last version, known as the T6, was especially cool in its California trim that featured a pop-up tent on the roof, window shades and a fold-out bed.
We don't have info about the powertrain in the new T7. But the T6 sported a few options. VW's workhorse 2.0-liter turbo four was available, making 201 hp and 258 lb-ft. There was also a diesel four making the same hp. You could also get 148-hp version if you wanted to sip fuel. Oh, and it came with a manual.
The smaller T6 was about the size of our smallest Ram ProMaster, which just got it's time in the spotlight with rocker Dave Grohl, at 192 inches. That also makes it a little bit smaller than the base Ford Transit. In its biggest trim, the T6 measured 208 inches.
We have no reason to think this van would come here either. But Ford does seem to be moving Transits - it was the van leader last year with more than 100K sold - and we see a lot of them in the Midwest. But like we said, we're getting the ID Buzz (as well as the ID.4), and those are probably enough funky German transportation for us.