Pricing for the next-generation Volkswagen California has been announced, with the modern-day campervan starting from £37,657. Orders in Britain start from early August and first deliveries will take place before the end of the year.
Volkswagen has built a reputation for producing camper vans over the last 60 years and the new California, based on the new T6 Volkswagen Transporter van is the latest in that line. Two trim levels are specified for the California, Beach and Ocean.
Based on the new Volkswagen Transporter T6 van, the California is offered with the choice of three 2.0-litre diesel engines. Outputs include 100bhp, 148bhp and 201bhp and with the latter two outputs the California can switch from front-wheel to 4MOTION four-wheel drive.
All models will be equipped with Volkswagen BlueMotion technology for improved fuel economy. In fact, Volkswagen has claimed fuel economy and emissions have been lowered by up to 15 per cent compared to the old California. A range of transmissions is offered including a five-speed manual, six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Like the previous California, the new model is available in two trim levels, with the standard option called Beach. However, the higher trim level is now called Ocean instead of SE. Beach models are available with either a 100bhp diesel with a five-speed manual gearbox, or the 148bhp unit with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic ‘box.
Standard features for the new California Beach include a bench-seat that can convert to a two-berth bed across the width of the vehicle. There’s also a manual pop-up roof accommodating a double bed, fold-out table and chairs stored in the sliding rear door and tailgate and an integrated awning.
The California Ocean, priced from £47,840, is available with the 148bhp and 201bhp diesels and the choice of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Features added by the Ocean model include an electro-hydraulic pop-up roof with lighting, a fully functioning kitchenette pluss appliances including a fridge and a sink. Also included is a ‘premium’ dashboard (optional at extra cost for the Beach model) which features a wide centre console and VW’s latest infotainment system. Also included is a DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity
Volkswagen has improved driver safety with a array of new driver aids. These include brake assist and an automatic post-collision braking system. The California can also be specified with safety options such as adaptive cruise control and city emergency braking.
Discounts from £2800 to £4000 are available on the current generation of VW California, so similar discounts could be expected on this next generation eventually.