Not your typical white van, this Volkswagen Transporter for hard off-road missions, for “transporting personnel and materials to the toughest places to reach”. The Transporter Rockton is based on the Transporter Kombi but it has 4Motion permanent four-wheel drive with fourth-generation Haldex coupling, differential lock on the rear axle, 30 mm raised ride height and heavy-duty springs and dampers.

Panels in place of rear side windows and special vehicle trim identify the Rockton, which also features supplementary heating and auxiliary heating in the passenger compartment as well as an air filter for dusty and sandy conditions. The seats are in rugged fabric.

The Rockton is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine with either 140 PS or 180 PS, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. For extreme off-road tasks, the 140 PS version is available with the Expedition package, which has 16-inch AT tyres on reinforced steel rims, a special gearbox which provides enhanced pulling power in off-road operation and a rugged floor-rail system securing two single seats.

For even more hardcore use, the “Protection” package includes underbody protection for the engine and gearbox, tank, sills, rear differential and the main silencer. It’s available on both versions for 3,200 euros extra. The Transporter Rockton is priced at €34,545 plus VAT in Europe. The off road optimised Expedition version will set one back €42,490. Gallery after the jump.

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