A Staple of the Volkswagen Range for 70 Years and Counting


Volkswagen’s iconic T1 first rolled off production lines back in 1950 and now, 70 years later, the Transporter T6.1 series is ready to take to the roads. The Transporter range has had a dedicated fan base since the beginning, due to its members’ exceptional quality and versatility.


It’s all in the numbers – more than 12 million T-Series units have been sold worldwide since the range’s inception. The T6 series arrived in South Africa back in 2015 and, since then, has sold more than 10 000 units. With the local release of the Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 series scheduled for early 2021, the legacy of excellence will be carried on thanks to the latest range’s upgrades to both its specs and features.


2.0-litre turbo diesel engines are the driving force behind the T6.1 range. Depending on the model, three engine variants are available, with outputs ranging between 81-164 kW. The 81 kW variant is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and delivers 250 Nm of torque. You’ll experience 340 Nm of torque with the 110 kW variant, which boasts front-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG gearbox. Finally, with the top of the line, 146 kW variant, you get 450 Nm of torque because of bi-turbo technology. Learn more about each of the Transporter T6.1 vehicles’ specs and features down below.


Buying and Pre-Ordering


If you’re interested in purchasing a new (or used/demo) Volkswagen vehicle and are searching for a reputable dealership, then look no further than CFAO Volkswagen. Not only do we have dealerships located across the country but we are proud to stock all of the latest vehicles Volkswagen South Africa has to offer, including the refreshed Transporter T6.1 series.


Contact a CFAO Volkswagen dealer near you to discuss and get the buying and ordering process started. We also offer complimentary test drives if you want to get a feel of a vehicle before committing. Speak to your local dealer about when the new T6.1 series will be available for a test drive.

Volkswagen T6.1 Commercial Vehicles


There are plenty of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to choose from in the T6.1 series. Learn more about the latest version of the Transporter Panel Van, Crew Bus, and Double and Single Cab Pick Up. There’s a T6.1 model to suit every commercial need.


The Transporter T6.1 Panel Van Specs and Features


Volkswagen’s T6.1 Panel Van is available in two distinct long wheelbase (LWB) derivatives, known as the Transporter Panel Van and Transporter Panel Van DSG. They deliver 81 kW and 110 kW of power, respectively.


Highlights of the T6.1 Panel Van series include:


  • Available in two roof heights
  • Crosswind Assist
  • 5 t maximum trailer weight
  • 3 t payload
  • Able to accommodate up to 3x Euro pallets
  • Double Grid cloth upholstery in Titanium Black


As mentioned, the Transporter T6.1 Panel Van comes in two roof heights, depending on your specific business needs. Both options provide you with plenty of loading space for commercial use. An LWB configuration with a normal roof will provide you with a load length of 2 975 mm, a load width of 1 700 mm and a load height of 1 410 mm with a load area volume of 6.7 m3. Opting for an LWB high roof configuration will get you a Panel Van with a load length of 2 975 mm, a load width of 1 700 mm and a load height of 1 940 mm, resulting in a load area volume of 9.3 m3.


The Transporter T6.1 Crew Bus Specs and Features


The range of Transporter T6.1 Crew Bus derivatives is varied and versatile thanks to specs and features like 4Motion all-wheel drive, different seating configurations and the option to choose between a short or long wheelbase. This range is ideal for taking on a wide range of tasks.


Four derivatives are available:


  • The 10-seat Crew Bus 2.0 TDI LWB (81 kW)
  • The 5-seat Crew Bus 2.0 TDI LWB DSG (110 kW)
  • The 5-seat Crew Bus 2.0 BiTDI SWB 4Motion DSG (146 kW)
  • The 8-seat Crew Bus LWB 4Motion DSG (146 kW)


Standard features of the range include:


  • Electromechanical, speed-sensitive power steering
  • Longitudinally and height-adjustable steering column
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Anti-theft alarm system featuring a back-up horn
  • Airbags for the driver and front seat passenger, which includes front passenger airbag deactivation
  • ‘Composition Colour’ radio system with a 6.5-inch touch screen


The Transporter T6.1 Single and Double Cab Pick Up Specs and Features


Single and double cab derivatives are available with an 81 kW manual engine but those who need more power for their double cab should opt for the 146 kW 4Motion DSG variant.


The following Single and Double Cab Transporter T6.1 Pick Up models are confirmed and available for purchase in South Africa:


  • 1 Pick Up SC 2.0 TDI 81 kW LWB
  • 1 Pick Up DC 2.0 TDI 81 kW LWB
  • 1 Pick Up DC 2.0 BiTDI 146 kW LWB DSG 4Motion


Standard range features include:


  • Anti-slip Regulation (ASR) with a deactivation button for 4Motion models
  • Electronically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors
  • Double Cab models feature electric windows as standard
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat, complete with an armrest and lumbar support
  • ‘Composition Colour’ radio system with a 6.5-inch touch screen
  • Crosswind Assist


Single Cab Dimensions


  • Load length: 2 939 mm
  • Load width: 1 940 mm
  • Board height: 392 mm
  • Loading height: 904 mm


Double Cab Dimensions


  • Load length: 2 169 mm
  • Load width: 1 940 mm
  • Board height: 329 mm
  • Loading height: 904 mm


Volkswagen T6.1 Passenger Vehicles


If you’re interested in a spacious and functional passenger vehicle, then the VW Transporter T6.1 range offers you a choice between three distinct model lines: the Kombi, the Caravelle and the California. Discover which option is perfect for you.


The Transporter T6.1 Kombi Specs and Features


Families, groups and organisations can all benefit from the new Transporter T6.1 Kombi. Transport up to eight people (including the driver) in style and comfort.


Models in the T6.1 Kombi line-up are:


  • The Kombi 2.0 TDI 81 kW Trendline
  • The Kombi 2.0 TDI 110 kW DSG Trendline
  • The Kombi 2.0 BiTDI 146 kW Trendline Plus 4Motion DSG


Standard features include:


  • Leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel
  • Tow bar
  • Rear-view camera
  • Park Distance Control in the front and at the rear
  • ‘Composition Colour’ radio featuring App-Connect
  • LED head and taillights on the 146 kW 4Motion Trendline Plus model

The Transporter T6.1 Caravelle Specs and Features


Volkswagen’s T6.1 Caravelle was built to last and perform. Its powerful 2.0-litre TDI engine delivers 146 kW of power and 450 Nm of torque. In this versatile and durable vehicle, the quality is simply tangible.


The Caravelle 2.0 Highline BiTDI 146 kW 4Motion DSG’s standard features include:


  • Digital Cockpit
  • Cruise control system featuring a speed limiter
  • Park Distance control in the front and at the rear, complete with a rear-view camera
  • Discover Media Radio
  • LED interior lighting throughout the cabin
  • Seat heating


The Transporter T6.1 California Coast Specs and Features


Check into your mobile hotel anytime you like and don’t stop driving until you get to that perfect view. The new Transporter T6.1 California Coast 2.0 BiTDI 146 kW 4Motion DSG was designed to make the most of your time spent travelling across our beautiful country.


Its standard features include:


  • 2-seater rear bench seat
  • ‘Premium’ multi-function colour display
  • Leather, multi-function steering wheel
  • Manually operated pop-up roof featuring two side windows
  • Fully sprung loft bed (1 200 mm x 2 000 mm)
  • Kitchenette

Transport People, Cargo and More in the Refreshed VW Transporter T6.1 Range


If the Volkswagen Transporter T6 range was good, then the updated T6.1 series is incredible! The improvements made to all of the vehicles’ specs and features ensure that performance, as well as driving enjoyment, is enhanced.


Each member of the T6.1 family is distinct but all are united in their enduring quality and versatility. Contact a CFAO Volkswagen near you if you have any questions, comments or queries regarding the refreshed range, due to go on sale soon.