Volkswagen unveiled its Tristar truck concept at the IAA trade fair in Hannover, Germany.
This vehicle is built for extreme off-road capability in combination with flexible transport and storage solutions. Volkswagen touts the Tristar as a mobile workshop and high-tech office. The interior has a large tablet-like interface that could rival most television sets. It doubles up as a table too. Other capabilities include video conferencing, a surround-sound audio system as well as driver and passenger seats which turn and slide.
What’s even more interesting is that you can convert the interior into an office and enjoy a cup of coffee with its standard espresso coffee machine. If it sees production, Volkswagen says they hope to pander to it architects, film crews, landscape gardeners or even keen outdoor adventures.
The Tristar employs a two-litre turbodiesel engine, delivering 150kW and 450Nm of torque, matched to their lauded seven-speed double-clutch transmission. It reaches 100km/h in about 10 seconds and has a top speed of 185km/h. Underneath it boasts Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system and given the elevated ride height, the automaker claims it is a bona fide off-road vehicle.
Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was speaking at the world premiere and said: “The Tristar shows an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the T model series. It demonstrates potential and proves it is still the benchmark.”
“Hence the Tristar combines elements of yesterday and tomorrow. On the anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, it strikingly highlights the company’s all-wheel drive expertise and demonstrates its future viability,” said Scholz.
Cargo 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. With the new-generation T6 Transporter expected to debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, this new Tristar concept is undoubtedly a first look at what we’ll see.
–Ignition Live Reporter