2022 Volkswagen T7 Multivan eHybrid teased with pure electric mode
There is certainly no shortage of teasers for the Volkswagen T7 Multivan, as the company’s sales division has been posting short previews of the minivan for weeks. The latest episode reiterates that the all-new van will adopt a plug-in hybrid setup for the very first time, which will come with pure EV mode.
The Multivan eHybrid starts up without sipping gasoline and continues in zero-emission mode at low speed. If the battery runs out of juice or the vehicle reaches a higher speed, the combustion engine kicks in to handle the workload. Speaking of the battery, it is mounted in the underbody and thus saves space inside the cabin while lowering the T7’s center of gravity.
VW doesn’t go into details on which PHEV system the new Multivan will use, but since the vehicle is based on the MQB platform, the hardware could be adapted from other mechanically linked models. Expect a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine to run on an electric motor and deliver 242 horsepower (180 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque as seen in the Golf GTE, the Audi A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e, Skoda Octavia RS iV and the Cupra Leon e-Hybrid.
The VW Group also has a lesser specification of this PHEV configuration with 201 hp (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) for the Golf eHybrid, Octavia iV and other compact offerings based on MQB. Both configurations share the same 1.4 TSI engine, a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery and a six-speed DSG specifically designed for hybrid applications.
Since the Multivan eHybrid will be larger and therefore heavier, it would make sense to use the more powerful configuration of the PHEV configuration. This is especially true given that the T7 will accommodate up to seven people inside, so it will definitely need more muscle. Much like the Golf eHybrid / GTE and the rest of the electrified MQB gang, it will also feature a front-wheel drive layout.
The wraps will roll out next month when we see the revamped Multivan exclusively with an automatic transmission and electric handbrake. It gets individual seats in all three rows and a nifty table that slides back and forth and doubles as a center console. A huge double-glazed sunroof has been previewed in previous teasers, along with a Golf-like dashboard.