The MAN TGE is an entry in the large van market from truck maker MAN Truck & Bus
The large panel van sector has plenty of contenders, and one you might not have heard of is the MAN TGE. It’s the product of German truck maker MAN Truck & Bus, which today is part of the Volkswagen Group. It’s MAN’s first venture into the light commercial vehicle market, but it’s one that looks familiar.
That’s because it’s essentially a rebadged version of the Volkswagen Crafter. The two vans are built in the same factory in Poland, and the differences between the two largely centre around the front end and the badging. The Crafter’s two-bar grille with large VW roundel is replaced by a piano black trim piece on the TGE that features the MAN logo with the company’s lion badge above it. In addition, the TGE features its model designation on the front wings ahead of the doors. Further back, only the different manufacturer badges differentiate the two models.
Like the Crafter, there are a variety of body, chassis and drive options on sale. The panel van version has three roof heights – Normal, High and Super-high – and three body lengths – Standard, Long and Extra-long – while the latter two feature a long wheelbase. MAN also offers TGE Chassis Cab and Crew Cab body styles. The Chassis Cab comes in the same three lengths as the panel van, while the Crew Cab comes in Standard and Long forms.