2012 Vw California Beach: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 9, 2011

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is introducing its new entry-level camper – the new California Beach model. The camper delivers extra value and more flexibility with a capacity of as many as seven individuals. Price ranges begin at £34,970 RRP on the road (including VAT) from £379 per month with a Volkswagen Solutions Personal Contract Plan.

The California Beach combines the charm of the California with the functionality and adaptability of the Caravelle people carrier. The new variant features a two-seat or three-seat rear bench as well as optional individual chairs. The front seats can rotate to face the rear and a moveable table snugly kept in the sliding side door can serve as a sociable lounge area. Moreover, two foldable seats are kept in the tailgate.

Plenty of baggage space could be found at the rear of the rail-mounted seats. Furthermore, the Beach provides sleeping accommodation good for four people. The bench-seat readily folds to transform into a two-berth bed within the automobile, while a manual pop-up roof allows for a double bed. Incorporated pull-down blinds for the rear and side windows as well as pop-up covers for the front window ensure privacy when needed.

The California Beach is powered by a selection of 2.0-litre TDI engines. The first one is the highly-efficient 114 PS BlueMotion Technology model, which is making its launch on the Beach. It provides optimized fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

Specifically, it provides a carbon dioxide output of 184 g/km and a bundled fuel economy number of 40.4 miles per gallon with its five-speed manual transmission, cruise control, longer gearing, brake regeneration, Stop/Start system and low rolling resistance tires.

The second engine is the more robust 140 PS unit, matched to a six-speed manual gearbox. With a premium of £1,165 on the BlueMotion Technology model, the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS returns 36.7 miles per gallon on the combined cycle with carbon dioxide emissions of 203 g/km.

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