Volkswagen TriStar Concept...a different kind of VW

This is one of those where does this fit vehicles..unless of course the vehicle in question is just perfect for your needs. The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles group took a look at the current T Series (Transporter) and tried to predict the future direction of these vehicles. What they came up with is a concept that is part pick-up, part hauler, and part office. Looking like a tall extended cab truck, the TriStar has a shallow bed that covers a weather and dust proof shelf that resides below said bed. Hauling stuff...check. The interior features a 20-inch tablet table with state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound, leather-covered driver and passenger seats which turn and slide, an espresso machine, and well, what more do you need to run your empire and have small meetings? The screaming honey gold paint with dark off-road accents and "Rocadura" alloy wheels give the TriStar presence. This is not a small vehicle like the Transporter/Bus variations of the 50s and 60s. And this one could get you to that muddy job site with its 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and permanent all-wheel drive with mechanical rear axle differential lock not to mention sufficient ground clearance. Could this one see production? Maybe. Could VW build it? Of course. Might it come to the US? I wouldn't hold my breath, but you never know... I like the looks and idea of the TriStar, you? More info and pics after the jump. (btw: They spelled TriStar with all caps, but I hate getting yelled at, so...)

Source: NewsPess/Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:

  • Concept combines features of current T model series but offers a view on future generations of Transporter
  • 20-inch tablet display, video conferencing system and espresso machine
Multifunctional like a Swiss Army knife. Adaptable, reliable and an all-rounder: on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the first syncro concept vehicle, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the TRISTAR; an unprecedented combination of all the great features of the current T model series. Its extreme off-road capability and flexible storage solutions make the TRISTAR the perfect mode of transport, whatever your need.

Transporter of the future. For 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 permanent four-wheel drive with mechanical rear axle differential lock and 30mm additional ground clearance.

Befitting 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 vehicle a wide and purposeful appearance.

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.

The interior has a 20-inch tablet table and state-of-the-art video conferencing and sound systems driver and passenger seats which turn and slide, converting the TRISTAR into the perfect place for meetings. There’s even an espresso machine installed! The monolithic dashboard is reminiscent of earlier Transporter models offering clear and sharp lines.

All-rounder for specialists. Its extreme off-road capability in combination with flexible transport and storage solutions make the TRISTAR a mobile workshop and high-tech office. Safe, flexible and developed to the highest quality standards, the new Volkswagen TRISTAR is a versatile tool for every user, be it architects, film crews, landscape gardeners or even keen outdoor adventures.

Benchmark of its class. Speaking at the world premiere, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, 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.

‘We take the needs of our customers seriously and are continuing to develop our best-seller with great purpose. We are ttherefore redefining the benchmark of the class with each and every new model.’

Volkswagen TRISTAR specification
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
Wheels: 245/70 R17 ‘Rocadura’ alloy wheels
Engines / power: 2.0 l TDI 204 PS, 450 Nm
204 PS at 4,000 rpm
450 Nm at 1,400 rpm
Gearbox: 7-speed DSG
Top speed: 115 mph (185 km/h)
Performance: 0 – 50 mph (80 km/ h) in 6.7 seconds
0 – 62 mph (100 km/ h) in 10.0 seconds