• Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
Pickups may not be the first type of vehicle you associate with Volkswagen, but the German automaker does make a handful – even if they aren't available in the US. There's the Amarok we recently drove in the UK and the new Saveiro recently revealed in Brazil. And at the International Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany, VW is presenting the pickup concept you see here.

Based on its T-series vans, the Tristar concept is being shown on the 30th anniversary of the original Syncro – the most rough-and-tumble, jack-of-all-trades version of the T2 van. It bears what will likely be the design of its next-generation commercial vehicles, but with a short pickup bed behind its extended cab, all packed into a short wheelbase. That pickup bed, incidentally, is split into two parts, with a watertight compartment under the load floor.

Inside you'll find a 20-inch foldout tabletop tablet and even an onboard espresso machine packed into a clean, simple and flexible cabin space designed to suit professionals and surfers alike. It's all motivated by a 2.0-liter TDI inline four with 200 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque driven through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels. 0-62 is quoted at 10 seconds flat, with top speed pegged at 115 mph.
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22/09/2014
World premiere of Volkswagen TRISTAR at the IAA

- Concept car combines features of the current T model series, providing an outlook on future generations
- 20-inch display, video conferencing system and espresso machine

Hannover, 22 September 2014 – Multifunctional like a Swiss Army knife. Variable, reliable and an all-rounder: on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the TRISTAR, an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the current T model series. Its extreme off-road capability combined with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR the perfect service, transport or surf mobile, at your choice.

Transporter of the future. On the occasion of this year's IAA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents a concept vehicle with the legendary name of TRISTAR. The beefy pick-up with extended cab, styling bar and short wheelbase has a permanent four-wheel drive with mechanical rear axle differential lock and 30 mm additional ground clearance. Fitting its name, the designers have developed a high-precision, new and yet familiar design language: the sharp, wrap-around lines, LED headlights and a changed architecture of the whole front give the concept car a powerful and wide appearance. The monolithic dashboard is reminiscent in its shape and simple functionality of the earlier models of the VW Transporter. The load can be distributed on two separate levels: there is a spacious, dust-proof and watertight drawer under the flatbed section, where a deep-tread spare tire is also housed. The interior has a 20-inch tablet table and state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound systems alongside the turnable and slidable driver and passenger seats, turning the TRISTAR into the perfect place for meetings. We even thought of having an espresso machine installed.

All-rounder for specialists. Its extreme off-road capability in combination with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR into a mobile workshop, a mobile high-tech office or into a perfect surf mobile. Safe, high-quality and flexible, the new Volkswagen TRISTAR is a versatile tool for every user. Whether an architect, a film crew, service expert, landscape gardener or an expedition participant.

Benchmark of its class. Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, speaking at the world premiere: "The TRISTAR shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the T model series. It demonstrates its potential and proves it is still the ultimate benchmark. Hence the TRISTAR combines yesterday and tomorrow: On the occasion of the anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, its strikingly shows the company's all-wheel drive expertise and demonstrates its future viability." He continues: "We take the needs of our customers seriously and are continuing to develop our best-seller with great purpose. We are thus redefining the benchmark of the class with each and every new model."

Facts overview

Name:
Volkswagen TRISTAR

Character:
Transporter of the future as all-rounder for specialists.
The best for your business – whatever it may be.

Dimensions:
Length 4.788 mm; width 2.320 mm; height 2,066 mm;
(30 mm additional ground clearance)

Drivetrain:
Permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, mechanical rear axle differential lock
Alloywheels "Rocadura" 245/70 R17

Engines / power / gearbox:
2,0 l TDI 150 kW, 450 Nm
150 kW at 4000 1/min
450 Nm at 1400 1/min
7-speed DSG

Vmax 185 km/h
0 – 80 km/ h in 6,7 s
0 – 100 km/ h in 10,0 s

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