At Last! 2017 model Volkswagen Crafter launched
Hi. Bob Aldons from Car Business again, with advice on cars and everything automotive. This post confirms the launch of the all new 2017 Volkswagen Crafter to be built in Poland. Volkswagen dealers worldwide will be celebrating as it’s almost 2 years since MMercedes-Benz withdrew the availability of the automatic transmission in the still current van here in Australia. Companies such as Apollo Motor Homes have moved to Fiat Ducato for their conversions but will undoubtedly reconsider when the auto option finally returns to Australia.
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Thanks to industry colleagues at http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ here’s the first information available of the new Crafter
The all-new Volkswagen Crafter has been officially launched at a VW event. The new van, which will rival the likes of the Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato, and Mercedes Sprinter offers a range of efficient 2.0-litre diesel engines and optional four-wheel drive. Order books will open soon, but Volkswagen hasn’t announced details of UK pricing just yet. While the previous Crafter shared a body and platform with the Mercedes Sprinter, the partnership has ended and so the new model is unique to Volkswagen for the time being. It’s had the full gamut of Volkswagen technology thrown at it, and will be built at a brand-new plant in Poland specifically made to build Crafters.
The new Crafter has the standard Volkswagen ‘family face’, which seems to translate quite nicely onto a larger, boxy vehicle. Lying behind the corporate grille is VW’s familiar 2.0-litre diesel engine, found across its van and passenger car range. It’s now Euro 6 compliant, and will be available in four power outputs – 100bhp, 120bhp, 138bhp and a bi-turbo unit with 175bhp. Despite the usual boxy shape, the new Crafter will have the lowest drag coefficient in its class, at just 0.33. That makes it more slippery and aerodynamic than any other large van in production, and should pay dividends in fuel economy and emissions.
The familiar diesel engine will be available with four different power outputs, and buyers can specify manual or automatic transmissions. Depending on the owner’s needs, the Volkswagen Crafter can be specified with front, rear, or 4MOTION four-wheel drive.
Three different lengths and three different roof heights mean that whatever load you want to carry, you should be able to find a Crafter to suit your needs. Expect an entry-level load bay of around 2,600mm, in line with the current model, with a width of about 1,300mm to match. There’ll also be a range of specialist bodystyles and base vehicles ready for conversion to suit the needs of different businesses.
The big news for potential Crafter owners is the addition of lots of safety tech, both active and passive. The Crafter is the first large panel van with electric power steering, allowing for more safety systems to actively intervene durring driving. That means the new Crafter has ESP with trailer stabilisation, adaptive cruise control, side-wind assistance and a trailer manoeuvring system – all available either as standard or optional equipment.
There’s also front, side, and head airbags for driver and passenger, as well as a reversing camera, parking sensors and a rear traffic alert system. Other safety highlights are LED headlights with a cornering system as well as main beam assist.
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