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The new Volkswagen California breaks the cover with more space and more technology

The new Volkswagen California breaks the cover with more space and more technology

  • Volkswagen has unveiled a new generation of California camper van called California 6.1.

  • The new California is longer and wider than before, with each model now benefiting from a pop-up roof and sliding doors on both sides; VW has also added a plug-in hybrid version.

  • There are five versions to choose from: Beach, Beach Tour, Beach Camper, Coast, and Ocean, each offering a unique take on the camper, although none are sold in California or elsewhere in the United States.

We’ll forgive you if you’ve never heard of the Volkswagen California, as it was never sold in the United States, but VW has been offering a form of camper van in Europe for more than two decades. Now Volkswagen is carrying out a complete overhaul of the camper van, with the spiritual successor to the Westfalia sunroof becoming longer and wider than before, while also benefiting from new technology. Dubbed California 6.1, each trim level comes with a sunroof and sliding rear doors on both sides.

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The new California range offers five models: Beach, Beach Tour, Beach Camper, Coast and Ocean, with each model offering a slightly different take on the pop-top camper. The Beach is the cheapest deal in California. It features a manual roof and offers seating for six in a 2+2 configuration for the second and third rows.

Upgrading to the Beach Tour (and trims above) introduces swiveling front seats, lighting in the sunroof, sliding windows in the rear doors, and access to a new 5.0 control display inches located in the C pillar of the vehicle. front passenger side. The new unit controls the van’s camping functions, including the heating and lighting systems, and can provide information on the power supply and water levels.

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The Beach Camper gains a five-seater configuration and an admittedly “extremely compact” mini-kitchen. The kitchen houses a stove with a single gas burner, a cutlery drawer and additional storage to hide any items that might otherwise get in the way. The Coast model trades passenger space for practical space. It has a four-seater layout, a larger kitchenette equipped with cabinets, a sink, a refrigerator and a single-burner stove. Upgrading to the flagship Ocean brings more refined interior materials, heated front seats, roof storage and auxiliary heating.

The updated California rides on the same platform as the long-wheelbase Volkswagen Multivan. It’s 10.6 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than before, although it retains the same height as the outgoing minivan. There are three powertrain options for the new minivan, all paired with an automatic transmission. There’s a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas-fed powertrain, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel option and, new for the California range, a plug-in hybrid option that combines an electric motor with a gas-powered engine. 1.5 liter gasoline. engine.

According to VW, the new California will go on sale in June and deliveries are expected to begin later in the year. Unfortunately for our readers, Volkswagen has no plans to start selling the California in North America.

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