Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launched the new Crafter van in Germany last week. However, the Irish launch isn’t expected until Spring 2017. In addition, from around mid-2017, the powertrains on offer will be supplemented by the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with a transversely mounted engine and the rear-wheel drive system with a longitudinally mounted engine.
With a maximum payload of 5.5 metric tonnes, a larger maximum cargo volume of 18.4 m3 and a variety of drive types and derivatives, Volkswagen says the new Crafter offers highly functional solutions for everyday use that meet customer expectations for individual transport tasks in all use areas. Ir will come in four base models, three lengths, and three different heights.
Volkswagen claims that the new Crafter features a chassis that has been redeveloped from the ground up with electromechanical steering, engines that are reliable, and more fuel-efficient.
It adds that it is optimised for both long trips and urban traffic, well thought-out solutions for loading, practical preparations for superstructure manufacturers, an ergonomic driver’s workplace and an exceptional number of driver assistance systems.
The special aspects here: the entire vehicle concept was redeveloped from the ground up, based on specific customer wishes, as Dr Eckhard Scholz, of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, explained at the launch event: “The development of the new Crafter was a unique opportunity to avoid all compromises while drawing upon our decades of experience in the market segment. The new Crafter represents a fusion of product focus and customer focus. In other words, we developed his vehicle from the customer’s perspective.”
Volkswagen commercials boast that the new Crafter is more economical due to lower fuel costs and low maintenance and wear costs. The German van manufacturer also claims the new model is more functional and reliable.
It adds that the further developed EU6 engines based on the Modular Diesel Platform (“MDB”) were specially configured for the new Crafter with respect to the “tough” requirements of a commercial vehicle.
More on the new Volkswagen Crafter closer to its launch next spring.