Volkswagen has revealed the first details on the new T6-generation California camper van.
If features a raft of improvements over the outgoing model, among them more efficient engines, new driver assistance aids and a new infotainment system.
The Beach model remains as the entry-point to the range, while Ocean replaces SE at the top. There’s a choice of petrol and diesel engines available from launch. Diesels start at 101bhp, probaby going up to 178bhp as they do in the current version. A 201bhp 2.0 TSi petrol is only available on the Ocean. DSG gearboxes and 4MOTION will be available as options.
All Californias sleep four in two double beds, the second in the pop-up roof – electric on Ocean models. The Ocean also gets a full kitchen, 42-litre fridge, dimmable LED lighting and plush trim.
The new driver aids include Driver Alert System, that monitors how the van is being driven to determine if the driver needs to take a break; Brake Assist, which can exert more braking pressure than is being applied in emergency situations; and Post-Collision Braking System, which slows the van down after a crash has occurred.
Over 110,000 examples of the Volkswagen California have been built since it was launched in 1988. It is currently the only factory-built camper van on the market, though it will soon face a competitor based on the new Mercedes Vito.
Volkswagen will release full UK prices and specs ahead of the launch later this year.
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By Only Motors