Volkswagen Commercial Division has released some teaser shots of its new T7 Transporter.
Update: Volkswagen has released a new teaser to highlight the practicality of the new T7. Watch the video below for more insight.
The Volkswagen Transporter T7 reveal is scheduled for June 2021 and we expect more teasers to come before the covers come off.
From what we can see on the exterior images, we can see 2-tone paint which has become a highly sought after option as well as an LED light bar, which links the LED daytime running lights. This style of LED lightbar is becoming popular for Volkswagen products and we've seen it on the Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI as well as the recently revealed updated Volkswagen Polo.
Another teaser image of the dashboard shows something very interesting. The gearstick has been deleted and in its place is a new shift-by-wire setup. Essentially, instead of using a manual gear level to select the gears, you'll be pushing a button. We've already had our first taste of a vehicle lacking a gear selector, with the launch of the updated Hyundai Santa Fe.
It's strongly rumoured the Volkswagen T7 will only be offered with the DSG, losing the manual gearbox completely. What's really interesting about this technology is it removes the gear selector completely from the cabin, making more space in the cabin. This new system also means there's no physical handbrake either.
There are also rumours the T7 will be switching to the MQB platform, but we'll have to wait and see. There's no sign of engine details yet, but given Volkswagen's European strategy, we expect petrol, diesel and some form of electrification. In case you're confused as to where the T7 will sit as the T6.1 was introduced fairly recently to the South African market, it appears the T6.1 Transporter workhorse will be sold alongside the T7, which is aimed more at the carrying of passengers.
RIP gearstick and parking brake as these are now going to be buttons on a dashboard.