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Volkswagen Transporter Rockton 4Motion – Click above for high-res image gallery

Need to transport a lot of people or stuff overseas? You could do worse than the Volkswagen Transporter. Need to take a lot of people or stuff off road? Then you'll need this: the Transporter Rockton 4Motion.

The go-anywhere van from Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles division packs a 4th-generation Haldex all-wheel drive system with a locking rear differential and a 1.2-inch ride-height boost over the standard Transporter. Heavy-duty springs and damper help it carry over three metric tons of payload, while a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine with either 138 or 178 horsepower does the pushing/pulling duties through a six-speed manual transmission.

There's a more extreme Expedition package available straight from the factory with 16-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, a heftier transmission and a heavy-duty floor-rail system for variable seat and cargo configurations. Details in the press release after the jump, along with the high-resolution images in the gallery below.

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The Rockton - the Transporter for the toughest terrain

* The new all-rounder from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles extremely versatile even away from paved roads

* Ready for major adventures with the factory-fitted "Expedition" package

A Transporter for hard off-road missions, for transporting personnel and materials to the toughest places to reach - it was for these extreme conditions that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles developed the Transporter Rockton. Building contractors, railway builders, mountain rescue teams, forestry businesses and many others need a vehicle which can be flexibly adapted to their requirements and can still stand up to heavy punishment.

The Rockton was specially conceived for the sometimes extreme demands of these target groups, so it fulfils the high expectations of these customers to transport material even in critical situations, thanks to the best possible traction.

The Rockton is based on the Transporter Kombi but, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, provides more grip on unsurfaced roads. The permanent four-wheel drive 4MOTION with the fourth-generation Haldex coupling, the standard differential lock on the rear axle, the ride height raised by 30 millimetres and the heavy-duty springs and dampers for a gross vehicle weight rating of 3.2 metric tons moves not only the crew but also the cargo dependably across difficult terrain.

In addition to the increased ride height, panels in place of rear side windows and special vehicle trim identify the Transporter Rockton. All special interior equipment available for the Transporter Kombi like, for example, various rear benches, may be ordered. The Rockton offers a pleasant charm following outdoor duty: supplementary heating and auxiliary heating in the passenger compartment as well as an air filter for use in dusty and sandy countries and seats upholstered with rugged fabric.

The Transporter Rockton is powered by a muscular but thrifty 2.0-litre TDI engine with either 103 kW or 132 kW (140 PS and 180 PS respectively) and has a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment. All engine versions fulfil Euro 5 emissions standards.

For extreme off-road tasks, the 103 kW version of the T5 Rockton is available with the "Expedition" package, which makes the Transporter Rockton ready to roll for great adventures. The 16-inch AT tyres on reinforced steel rims identify the package. But the most important equipment cannot be so easily spotted. A special item of this equipment version is a special gearbox which provides enhanced pulling power in off-road operation. Even though the Rockton is tailored to the special conditions of off-road use, it is completely fit for road use.

The T5 Rockton with the "Expedition" package includes a rugged floor-rail system securing two single seats with robust upholstery in the passenger compartment. Both seats are equipped with integrated three-point belts and can be adjusted on the floor rails or even removed. Up to three additional individual seats may be ordered optionally.

The "Protection" package, which may be ordered optionally for both Rockton versions for € 3,200 net, includes underbody protection for the engine and gearbox, the tank, the sills, the rear differential and the main silencer - important for trips away from paved roads.

What's more, the special equipment business unit offers additional equipment for the Transporter Rockton. Thus, the new Transporter Rockton can be modified for nearly every use.

The Transporter Rockton may be ordered immediately, with prices beginning from € 34,545 (plus VAT). The Transporter Rockton with the "Expedition" package", which is extremely suitable for off-road use, is available from € 42,490 (plus VAT).

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Put a Westphalia top on it and it becomes a perfect back-country camper. I like it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. Make it Westfalia and send it over here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This. If I were to ever embark on my epic journey across the country, I would want a setup similar to what you described.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please make a less high spec one (lower price we have 75% import duty), make it RHD and sell it to Kenya and South Africa! This has so much potential!

      Ambulance/Police/Safari/Aid transport!
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least in Germany, all the special equipment has been available for some time, except for the special gear box- not sure really what it does different. Any T5 transporter can be had with the rear locker, taller suspension and even lower final drive gearing. but they are expensive...
      • 4 Years Ago
      i find this van oddly appealing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing has a payload of over 3 tons? That's awesome!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awesome? No. Wrong? Yes.
        The maximum gross weight rating is 3.2 metric tons, see the press release under the blog post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        3 metric tons. This is equivalent to almost 6700lbs...which sounds like a bit much for this type of vehicle. I mean, a 1 ton HD pickup with dual rear wheels isn't even rated for that kind of payload.

        I wouldn't be surprised if the 3 metric tons numbers refers to the vehicles overall GVWR. As that's similar to the GVWR of an AWD 1500 van, like the Chevy Express and GMC Savanna. This would give it a maximum payload of around 2000lbs or 1 standard American ton.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Paul P, sounds right. An Iveco Daily 3 Litre diesel van is rated for 8,600lb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would not be out of place in Iceland...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see a legit real van from VW vs the U.S. edition rebadged Mopar disapointment
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW definitely knows how to build a van ...when THEY build it! The rear-end of their newest is a bit dull, but I'm sure once behind the wheel- you'd find reasons to forget.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be very popular with the dirt/mountain bike crowd,if the price was right.Like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is all sorts of awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 1992 Eurovan 2.5L 5-speed has a lot of miles on it, but there's nothing to replace it with. Ford came close with the Transit Connect, but no standard trans.

      This Transporter is the perfect vehicle. I realize it would be expensive over here, but I'd put a down payment on one today if I could.

      I'm still holding out hope that Fiat will bring the Doblo to Canada with a diesel engine and standard transmission.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a big van guy, but I'm liking this
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