Volkswagen hasn’t offered a van in the United States for a long time. Americans these days prefer large SUVs like the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, but back in 2008, the German automaker offered a minivan called the Routan. The Routan was merely a rebadged version of the Chrysler Town & Country, so the last time VW genuinely offered a home-grown van was from 1993 to 2002. In the US, VW marketed it as the Eurovan, while the rest of the world knew it as the T5 generation Transporter. Though it isn’t coming to the US this time around, VW just revealed its latest T7 generation model, now called the Multivan.
The Multivan’s design harkens back to the 1985 Transporter T3 with a full-width grille and headlights to give a more modern aesthetic. This new model is lower, longer, and wider to improve aerodynamics with smaller front air intakes to pay homage to the old rear-engined air-cooled models and showcase the new hybrid powertrain. VW will offer three specifications – Multivan, Life, and Style – with an optional panoramic glass roof, power-operated rear hatch and sliding doors, LED matrix headlights, and up to 19-inch wheels. Two-tone paint schemes add more pizzaz.