Volkswagen Tristar Concept Premieres in Hanover

Volkswagen Tristar Concept Front And Side Angle

The Volkswagen Tristar concept has been revealed at the 2014 IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover.

Volkswagen Tristar Concept boasts extreme off-road capability

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first T3 Syncro concept - the original name for Volkswagen’s all-wheel-drive tech, the Tristar is an extended cab pickup that is based on the Transporter and showcases new off-road styling.

Additionally built on the platform underpinning the current T Series, the Volkswagen Tristar concept features an updated look with an aggressive exterior that includes plastic body cladding, a 30mm increased ride height, and 17-inch alloy wheels with off-road tyres.

The spare wheel is strapped behind the rear window, while a dust-proof, watertight drawer is fitted under the flatbed section. The off-road concept is further equipped with a new bumper and wraparound LED headlights and a winch.

Inside, the concept is equipped with metallic trim, premium leather seats, and an espresso machine. A 20-inch tablet table boasting "state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound systems, extends between the seats which can slide and swivel to access the espresso machine behind.

Performance details

Power for the Volkswagen Tristar Concept is said to come from a two-litre TDI engine that delivers 150 kW and 450 Nm of torque and is matched with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, helping the Tristar concept reach 100kph in 10 seconds before hitting a top speed of 185 kph.

Speaking at the concept’s debut, Volkswagen commercial vehicles chairman of the board Eckhard Scholz said the Tristar embodies the Transporter’s past with a focus on the future.

"The Tristar shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the T model series. It demonstrates its potential and proves it is still the ultimate benchmark," he said.

“Hence the Volkswagen Tristar Concept combines yesterday and tomorrow: On the occasion of the anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, its strikingly shows the company's all-wheel drive expertise and demonstrates its future viability.”