The Volkswagen Kombi design was made by Ben Pon who is a Dutch importer of the Volkswagen Beetle. His sketch was inspired after seeing a flatbed parts-hauler during his visit to the Volkswagen plant where the chassis is from a Type 1. The German automobile maker started thinking about the idea and decided to produce it in 1950. There were two versions offered: the Commercial which is the first-panel van, and the Kombi, with removable middle and back seats, with side windows.
The modern version of the Volkswagen Kombi has standard features that include a 17-inch Davenport alloy wheels, dynamic headlights, LED headlights and taillights, front and rear park distance control, range control, fixed tow bar, rearview reversing camera, light and sight package, and comfort package. It also has optional features like the folding side mirrors.
The interior of the modern version of the Volkswagen Kombi includes the following: multi-function display, 6-speaker system, voice enhancer for backseat passengers, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, radio with AppConnect, adjustable armrests (driver), easy to clean rubber flooring, leathered upholstery, side and curtain airbags for front and back passengers (optional), carpet flooring, and comfort front passenger seat with armrest.
Technology & Safety Features
The Volkswagen Kombi is equipped with safety features like the driver alert, rearview camera that comes with a range of original driver assistance systems created to bring convenience and occupant protection, post-collision braking, and fog lights with cornering lights as an option.
Platform & Chassis
The platform of a Volkswagen Kombi is a Volkswagen Goup T platform and based on the type 1 chassis. There are other variants of the Volkswagen Kombi: the panel van, double door panel, high roof panel van, the bus, Lotacao (exclusive to Brazil), Samba bus, Flatbed pickup truck, Crew cab, Westfalia camping van, Adventurewagen, and the Semi-camping van.
Engine & Drivetrain
The engine and gearbox remained the same over time except for some improvements over the years. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine.