By Ronan Glon
Saturday, Apr 6th, 2013 @ 4:52 pm
 
A report coming out of Germany finds that the next generation of the Volkswagen Transporter will land in showrooms across Europe in 2015. Aimed mostly at commercial buyers, the Transporter is the direct descendant of the iconic Volkswagen Bus.
German magazine Auto Bild reports that the next Transporter's design will be more of an evolution than a revolution. It will borrow styling cues from the e-Co-Motion concept that was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show last month, giving it a more angular look all around than the current model.

The Transporter will follow the van industry's shift towards more car-like interiors and adopt a touch-screen based infotainment system similar to the one found on the Golf and the Passat.

The EuroNCAP, Europe's rough equivalent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has urged auto manufacturers to build safer commercial vans, so Volkswagen's next-gen Transporter will consequently come standard with numerous airbags and a wide array of electronic driving aids.

Mechanically, Volkswagen will fit its mid-size van with more efficient gasoline- and diesel-burning engines and rumors claim that a range-topping version powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain will be offered later in the production run. Both front- and all-wheel drive models will be available.

Like the current model, the next Transporter will not make its way to the United States.

Photos by Ronan Glon.