Volkswagen Industrial Automobiles has teased an idea model of its next-generation California camper van forward of its reveal on the Caravan Salon commerce honest in Düsseldorf, Germany, which is able to run from August 25 to September 3.
It’s set to enter manufacturing subsequent yr on the firm’s plant in Hanover, Germany.
The brand new California can be accessible with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain for the primary time. The associated T7 Multivan additionally comes with an accessible PHEV powertrain which mates a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electrical motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery to supply a complete system output of 160kW.
Volkswagen claims the T7 Multivan can journey as much as 50 kilometres on all-electric energy in response to WLTP testing. It’s unclear if the brand new California will be capable of match this declare.
It’s additionally unclear if the next-generation California camper may also be accessible with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, just like the T7 Multivan.
A spotlight of the California idea is its pop-up roof that’s claimed so as to add an additional two metres of peak when deployed. The corporate’s teaser photos additionally present it’ll have two awnings.
One other function can be a touchscreen within the roof console that’ll be capable of management the principle camper van settings and in addition “name up a variety of knowledge”.
The reveal of this new California Idea will mark 35 years since Volkswagen Industrial Automobiles debuted the first-generation mannequin that was based mostly on the T3-generation Sort 2 bus.
Volkswagen claims to have produced greater than 260,000 California campers over 4 generations. The present, T6.1-generation mannequin was first revealed in 2019.
At this stage it’s unclear if the brand new T7 California can be coming to Australia. Volkswagen Australia has indicated the T7 Multivan can be arriving domestically in late 2024.
It received’t be coming anytime quickly although, as Volkswagen head of analysis and growth Kai Gruenitz lately instructed Autocar the ID. Buzz California will go on sale globally from 2025.
Within the meantime conversion corporations are creating their very own camper variations of the ID. Buzz.