The new model replaces the current Sportline and is available in short and long wheelbase forms as either a Kombi or panel van. Exterior features include unique 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, black steel side bars, gloss black door mirror covers and special decals, and inside, the Sportline 60 is designed to be similarly generously equipped.
Premium features include an upgraded Kenwood sat-nav infotainment system which features smartphone mirroring functionality, DAB and Bluetooth connectivity. Front and rear parking sensors with camera also come as standard along with new quilted and embossed leather upholstery featuring a special Sportline 60 edition logo.
Also included in the standard specification are a front seat armrest; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric windows, ABS, climate air conditioning, remote central locking and stereo with CD player.
Power comes from Volkswagen's 2.0-litre BiTDI 180 PS engine, offering up to 400 Nm of torque. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. Retail prices start from £29,940 (ex. VAT) for the manual transmission (short wheelbase) and rise to £34,170 (ex. VAT) for the DSG transmission (long wheelbase).
To date, more than 300,000 Transporters have been sold in the UK, with Volkswagen reporting sales of 18,350 in 2013 alone. The current Transporter range comprises of panel van, Kombi, Shuttle, Caravelle and California variants.