2016 Volkswagen California revealed
The spirit of the Volkswagen Kombi lives on with the 2016 Volkswagen California which has just been revealed in Europe.
THE 2016 Volkswagen California, complete with kitchenette and dinette with pop-top roof has been revealed in Europe offering buyers a new take on the iconic Kombi. The only factory-built camper van on the market, the new California is based on the recently-released Transporter T6 (which will arrive Down Under later this year). It’s unlikely the California will be imported alongside it, but we’ve asked the question and will update this article when we hear back from Volkswagen Australia.
The new California is the fourth model to bear the name, and the range incorporates all the key features introduced on the Transporter T6, including new engines, driver assistance systems, a completely refreshed infotainment system and the availability of cost-optional adaptive suspension. There will be two engines available from launch, a 2.0-litre turbi-diesel and 2.0-litre TSI petrol.
Available in two forms; Beach and Ocean, the California can sleep four people thanks to its pop-up roof (electro-hydraulic on Ocean models) that integrates a 1.2m x 2m 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 clever multi-functional holder for the rear compartment that incorporates a cup, ashtray and towel holder all in one.
As mentioned, we’ll update this article about the potential availability in Australia of the California when we hear back from VW Australia.