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Petrol power for VW’s Multivan
Volkswagen bolsters Multivan people-mover range with 2.0-litre turbo-petrol variants
1 Mar 2012
By TERRY MARTIN
VOLKSWAGEN Group Australia has put petrol power into the equation for its Multivan seven-seat people-mover, introducing two new model variants featuring a 150kW version of its 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
Fitted standard with VW’s seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, the so-called TSI 350 turbo-petrol engine is available in either entry-level Comfortline guise, starting from $54,990 (plus on-road costs), or top-spec Highline, which kicks off from $71,990.
The all-DSG-equipped 2.0-litre turbo-diesel line-up continues with the TDI 340 Comfortline opening the range from $49,990 and the higher-output TDI 400 – which is available with either two-wheel-drive or 4Motion AWD drivelines in both Comfortline and Highline trim levels – ranging from $56,990 to $77,990.
Driving the front wheels, the 2.0-litre TSI 350 engine produces 150kW from 4200-6000rpm and 350Nm from a low 1500-4000rpm, and returns official combined-cycle fuel consumption of 10.1L/100km with 236g/km of CO2 emissions.
The oil-burning TDI 340, meanwhile, manages 103kW/340Nm and a greener 8.2L/100km and 216g/km, while the bi-turbo TDI 400 produces 132kW/400Nm for 8.1L/100km and 214g/km in front-drive form. The 4Motion versions return 8.8L/10km and 232g/km.
There is no sign yet of an ultra-economical BlueMotion version of the T5 Transporter-based Multivan, as released in Europe last year with technology such as idle-stop combining with an 84kW 2.0-litre TDI engine to achieve 6.4L/100km and 169g/km.
On the safety and security front, all MY2012 Multivans are fitted standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes with brake assist, a front electronic differential lock, hill-hold device, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming interior mirror and an alarm.
Other standard equipment includes roof rails, alloy wheels (16-inch on Comfortline, 17s on Highline), dual side sliding doors, a trip computer, cruise control, triple-zone climate-control air-conditioning and electric windows/mirrors.
The Highline adds items such as power sliding doors with remote operation, leather seat trim, rear heaters, a high-grade stereo with full portable media integration and multi-function display, a ‘premium’ Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone kit, chrome highlights, more cup-holders, tinted windows, front foglights with a cornering function and automatic headlights with a ‘follow-me-home’ function.
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