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VW T7 bus (2020): photos, data, design, engines

09/2020, Erlkönig, VW T7
VW-Bus T7 (2020)
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S since 2015 the VW T6 is at the start in Germany, but the VW Bus is nothing more than a facelift version of the T5, which has been on the market since 2003 with a specially developed platform. With the T6, VW had given the model some visual changes, including a new front section with modified headlights and a modified tailgate and other rear lights. There was also an update in the interior - VW has given the T6 a new dashboard, a new steering wheel and various new assistance systems.

Protests against the cancellation of the E-T7

With that already presented T6.1. VW gives the bus another lavish makeover. In addition to a new front as well as numerous comfort and safety features, a purely electric version is also being launched, which enables a range of over 400 km. Here VW is cooperating with tuner Abt, who thanks to his involvement in Formula E has experience with electric drives. The electric Bulli with different battery capacities is primarily aimed at tradespeople or delivery services.

But back to the VW T7: VW Commercial Vehicles (VWN) recently announced that the coming T7 would only be available with conventional drives and a plug-in hybrid -Equip drive trains. There shouldn't be a purely electric version of the T7. The company is also aiming to produce the T7 in relatively small numbers - 25,000 units in five years. The VWN workforce protested against the decision to cancel the E-T7 at a works meeting. Hybrid production could be expanded to compensate for the cancellation.

VW T7 is MQB - T6.1 will continue to be built

But why not an electric T7 and only a comparatively low one Quantity? Volkswagen puts the new generation of the bus on the MQB platform. On this basis, various body shapes and drive variants can be built more easily and cost-effectively. The MQB also provides the 48-volt on-board network, update options for the electronics architecture and the modular infotainment kit. The VW Caddy successor also uses the platform. The disadvantage of the MQB: The platform is not designed for tough use as a commercial vehicle - so the VW T6.1 will remain in the range even after the T7 has been launched as a commercial vehicle and California. As a purely electric bus, the ID. Buzz as well as thatCargo versions to choose from. This e-bus is then based on the brand's modular electrical system.

VW T7: Boxy, functional with all-wheel drive

The now shot down Erlkönig has a significantly longer bonnet, recessed passenger cabin and larger overhangs. The longer front is due to the additional auxiliary units, the technology for various assistance systems (radar, etc.) and batteries (48 volt on-board network). In addition, the MQB allows an electrically operated rear axle and thus the optional all-wheel drive.

The latest pictures show the flap in the fender on the passenger side in addition to the fuel filler flap on the driver's side at the height of the rear wheel arch. The former could be the connection for the plug-in hybrid. The tank cap on the passenger side, which is moved to the rear, is used to fill up with conventional fuel. The T7 as a plug-in hybrid should take over the technology of its GTE cousins, but it is questionable whether a diesel will not be on board instead of the gasoline engine.

Digital cockpit in the T7

Visually, the T7 remains true to its genes, the structure is boxy, functional and again has sliding doors. At the front there will be narrow ID-style headlights with LED light strips. The new VW logo is housed in the new grill. Eye-catching: the wide A-pillar with triangular window still hidden under the camouflage. In addition, the optional sliding door and the slightly sloping roof are noticeable in the side view. This leads to a rather large rear spoiler. Despite the camouflage, another change can already be seen at the rear. The rear lights are vertical and protrude a little into the sides. Overall, the design of the ID Buzz is likely to have served as a model for this. With its clearly car-like line and the more dynamic course of the roof, the VW T7 should also be an alternative for Sharan customers.

Our first look into the cockpit of the VW T7 shows a digital display behind the steering wheel. Here the T7 makes use of the passenger car range. Another detail is a slightly curved cockpit roof and a screen in the center console. This should be used to control the navigation and infotainment systems.


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