Hot off the heels of the successful launch of the Volkswagen T-Cross subcompact SUV, its local distributor is ready to shake up this year as it officially announces the return of the iconic Multivan Kombi. Yes, that’s right, the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi will be making its Philippine return, specifically by Q3 of 2021.
The Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is the passenger variant of the Transporter van that aims to compete with the likes of the Toyota Hiace Super Grandia or the Peugeot Traveller. For now, we do not know what kind of engines or features the Multivan Kombi will be equipped with, but we do know that this will bring back interest once again to the Volkswagen brand.
The model that will be launched in the Philippines is the current generation (T6) model. An all-new (T7) generation model has already been unveiled in Europe just last week, though as with most global unveilings, the all-new T7 won’t go on sale immediately after launch, with the first batch of units only reaching European dealers near the end of 2021.
In Europe, the Multivan Kombi recently received a facelift in 2020, and it can be equipped with exterior features such as adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, two-tone alloy wheels, and even this two-tone exterior paint you see here.
As for the interior, the upcoming Volkswagen Multivan Kombi gets a new steering wheel design, as well as new high-tech features such as an Active Driving Display fully-digital instrument cluster and a touch screen infotainment system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Volkswagen’s AppConnect.
Being a family-friendly van, the new Multivan Kombi has a lot of storage places, including a shelf in front of the driver and a larger bin in the front of the passenger. There are even cupholders in the A-pillars, as well as the availability of wireless charging.
Also in Europe, the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is only available in a range of 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engines in four states of tune, and these are 90 hp, 109 hp, 148 hp, and 195 hp. We suspect that the most likely pick for the Philippine market would be the 148 hp or 195 hp version since these two engines come as standard with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The two lower-powered engines are only offered with a manual.
As with many modern cars nowadays, the Volkswagen Multivan Kombi can be fitted with a number of advanced driver-assist systems, ranging from automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few.
The Kombi was likewise a popular fixture of Philippine streets starting in the late 1950s and peaked in popularity in 1970 when it contributed to a total of 6,100 Volkswagens that were sold on that year alone, hoisting the German marque up to become the number one seller in the Philippine automobile market.
The Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is assembled in Germany, so expect quite a premium in terms of pricing for this upcoming family hauler. Nevertheless, this family van will certainly make a huge impression once it gets launched in the Philippines this Q3 of 2021.