You may remember seeing one of the old VW Westfalia popups, which were once quite common, based on the iconic VW Microbus. This is remarkably the first enhancement of that original camper concept, adding a two-meter module that electrically extends from the rear of the van that levels off via retractable legs. Once extended the back still opens as a liftgate.
The DoubleBack is intended to emulate the space of a motor home in a compact vehicle with a kitchenette, fold out bed and other refinements. Still it reportedly retains the functionality of a daily driving van. Interior photos show a remarkable hominess and Tardis-like interior room.
"Stunning," remarked Peter Gange, head of sales at VW Sinclair in Cardiff, Wales where a press introduction was held today.
The Volkswagen T5 Transporter DoubleBack can carry up to three passengers in bench seats or captain’s chairs. The modifications are based on the VW Transporter 2.0 TDI 140PS Long Wheelbase, priced at slightly over $87,000.
We should note the fifth-generation T5 is sold in the UK, Russia, Germany, France and Turkey due to its classification as a light truck, which requires a 25 percent import tariff on the vehicle.
When Volkswagen last sold the Transporter van in the U.S. in 2003 it turned out to be the worst selling vehicle in the country – a distinction not easy to achieve. Remarkably the one-millionth model of the T5 rolled off the assembly line during 2009.
The 2-liter I4 diesel engine produces from 138 to 179 bhp, depending on whether it is the version with dual turbochargers on not.
"The DoubleBack has been inspired by a desire to see a truly spacious, comfortable camper with all the practical advantages of a smaller vehicle," said Craig McCormack, founder of Overland Motorhomes Ltd.