The British division of Volkswagen announced the introduction of a new trim level able to add some extra style and improve the overall appearance of the German van. Volkswagen Transporter is a very popular van in the UK and this is not a new story, therefore, Volkswagen has to focus more on the successful models in the range, the current Transporter being a best-seller in the United Kingdom.
Of course, the main features of a van are to a good utility vehicle and to benefit from a generous load capacity able to fit most of the situations. However, Volkswagen thought that some additional tweaks can be also attractive, thus, the new Sportline trim level manages to improve the appearance while the while keeping the usefulness of the model.
According to the Germans, the new package will be available for both the short and long wheelbase versions of Transporter panel van and kombi variants. At the exterior, the new Transporter Sportline comes with a gloss black grille with chromed parts, a new front bumper and revised optical blocks. New paint finishes such as Deep Black pearlescent, Reflex Silver and Candy White are also available and complete the new color palette.
A new set of stylish wheels are available, we talk about 18-inch ‘Sportline 5-spoke’ alloy wheels in two choices: satin black or silver. Other exterior improvements include a rear roof spoiler, smoked rear optical blocks and also polished stainless steel side bars which match the alloys.
Entering the cabin you will find a two-color leather upholstery which also matches the exterior body color and wheels. The Volkswagen Transporter Sportline meets the passengers with a bunch of safety and driver assist systems such as ABS, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), Bluetooth connectivity but also air-conditioning, electric windows, a 7-inch navigation system with the European maps and rear parking sensors.
In terms of power, all the models that benefit from the new Sportline trim level get the 2.0-liter BiTDI diesel unit able to deliver 180 horsepower. The power is handled by a six-speed manual gearbox while an optional seven-speed DSG transmission costing extra £1,400 is available too. In terms of price unit price, the 2011 Volkswagen Transporter Sportline panel van starts at £28,200 while the kombi variant is about £2,000 more expensive, £30,100 to be more exact.