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Volkswagens Transporter Sportline Van Launched

Vans are not exactly what you call sleek and sexy. And while the sport van is nothing new, Volkswagen has just released official pictures and details of their British-only Transporter Sportline. Featuring a sleek, yet restrained body kit, other exterior additions include chrome-trimmed headlights, a glossy black grille, and smoked taillights. It rides on 18-inch five-spoke wheels that are offered in either silver or satin black.

Three body colors are offered: silver, black (as shown in these pictures), or white with a gloss-black roof. Inside, the interior has two-tone leather, a nav unit with a seven-inch touch screen, rear parking sensors, and Bluetooth. Power comes from a 178hp, 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder that's mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. Performance is not outstanding, but it does reportedly go from 0 to 62 mph in a little over 10 seconds, which isn't bad for a van of this size.

The Sportline is available in either short or long-wheelbase versions along with panel or passenger "kombi" bodywork. Converting to U.S. pricing at current exchange rates, the short-wheel base panel van starts at almost $54,000.

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