VW launches T6-based California
Following on from Volkswagen’s launch of the Transporter T6, the latest version of the VW factory-built campervan has been announced.The new California is the fourth model with that name and incorporates all the key features introduced with the T6. These include new, more efficient engines that are up to 15 per cent more economical than the outgoing units.
The California is available in Beach and Ocean, which replaces the current SE model, trims, and can sleep four occupants courtesy of its pop-up roof. The roof is electro-hydraulic on Ocean models and also integrates a 1.2m wide by 2m long double bed. Ocean models also feature a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with 42-litre refrigerator, twin-burner hob and stainless steel sink unit. Ocean models also gain a dimmable LED lighting system for the pop-up roof and tailgate and a multi-functional holder for the rear compartment that incorporates a cup, ashtray and towel holder all in one.
The launch engine range includes both diesel and petrol options, along with DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel-drive derivatives. Power outputs for UK models range from 100.6bhp for the entry-level 2.0-litre TDI engine (Beach models only) up to 201.2bhp for the 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit (Ocean models only).
As well as the new engines, the other new features centre around safety for the driver and passengers. There’s the Driver Alert System, fitted as standard on all models, that can detect deviation from normal driving patterns. If you start to weave around, the system flashes up visual warnings with an audio backup, to recommend that you take a break. Then there’s Brake Assist which adds another layer of safety by registering the speed at which the brake pedal is pressed. During emergency braking, it ensures full brake pressure is applied more quickly. Finally, if you are in a collision and lose control of the vehicle, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System kicks in. After a short delay, the campervan begins a phased braking action down to 6mph, during which the driver can take control at any time.
UK prices, specification and availability will be announced shortly. More details on volkswagen-vans.co.uk/range/camper-vans.
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