Mercedes-Benz revolutionized the van business when it launched the Sprinter van in North America. Compared to the old-style, pickup-based Ford Econolines and Dodge Ram vans of the day, the Sprinters were bigger, roomier, more efficient, and easier to drive. With the introduction of its new Tristar concept – first shown earlier this week at the IAA commercial vehicles show in Hannover, Germany – Volkswagen hopes to apply the model for the Sprinter’s success to a segment that is at the very heart of the American auto industry: the full size pickup truck.
Based on the current T-series Transporter that Volkswagen offers to Europe, Asia, and Central America, the Tristar concept offers a high-end, luxury-filled interior that features plenty of great, business-friendly touches like swiveling seats, a large file cabinet/organizer, and foldaway desk.
Under the skin, the VW Tristar features one of the T-series’ top clean-diesel engines good for 295 lb-ft of torque and almost 40 Euro-cycle MPG. That engine is mated to Volkswagen’s advanced Syncro all-wheel drive system, allowing the VW Tristar – should it get built, of course – to get around on any jobsite that America’s truck-based 4WDs can get to.
More importantly, perhaps, if VW’s Tristar ever makes it to the US, it could double the average fuel economy of a typical pickup fleet– and that is something worth getting excited about.
Volkswagen Tristar Pickup Concept
Source | Images: Volkswagen, via Gizmag.