Ford and Volkswagen’s partnership agreement – formed back in 2020 – has thus far produced a number of shared models, though more are currently in the pipeline, too. Thus far, that list includes the Ford Explorer EV and another yet-to-be-revealed crossover riding on VW’s MEB platform, the Ford Ranger based VW Amarok, the Tourneo Connect, which is essentially a rebadged Volkswagen Caddy, and soon, the next-generation Ford Transit Connect, which will exist as a rebadged VW model itself. As Ford Authority previously reported, the all-new Volkswagen Transporter will also be based on the recently-revealed next-gen Ford Transit Custom, and will be built alongside that model at the Ford Otosan Assembly Plant in Turkey. Now, VW has given us our very first look at that new van.
In this video, Volkswagen shows off the new all-electric ID.Buzz and Multivan before opening yet another shipping container to reveal the next-gen VW Transporter, which is covered in some camo, regardless. The video then reveals that a number of powertrains will be offered in this new model – a TDI diesel in two- and four-wheel drive configuration, an eHybrid or plug-in hybrid, and the all-electric e-Transporter, all of which will presumably come from the Ford Transit Connect.
This comes as little surprise given the fact that the new Transit Connect is offered with a wide array of powertrains as well. In addition to the all-electric E-Transit Custom, European customers can also opt for plug-in hybrid and diesel variants of the new Transit Custom, lending a bit of flexibility to the automaker’s lineup. The PHEV van utilizes a similar powertrain to the Kuga PHEV, pairing the 2.5L Atkinson cycle gas engine with an 11.8 kWh battery to deliver an electric-only driving range of up to 57 kilometers (35 miles), as well as 2.3 kW of portable power via ProPower Onboard.
Those seeking a diesel Transit Custom can opt for the Ford EcoBlue with a wide range of outputs including 110 PS, 136 PS, 150 PS and 170 PS. These powerplants can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission and an optional mechanical limited-slip differential, as well as eight-speed automatic gearbox, which can be paired with all-wheel drive for the first time. Max towing for the latter combination is 2,500 kilograms (5,511 pounds).