Throughout history, Volkswagen's iconic people carriers and campervans have always been applauded. At the upcoming 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Volkswagen intends to show that it fully deserves the recognition by debuting its new Volkswagen Caravelle people carrier and California campervan.
This new generation of models offer not just enhanced comfort and safety features but also the latest technology. In addition, the new generation of the Caravelle and the California boasts of having lower emissions. Moreover, these new models from VW are also more economical in terms of fuel by about 10 percent across the range.
On the outside, the modifications to the new VW Caravelle and California models include new rear light clusters, chrome side trims, more aerodynamic door mirrors and an entirely new front using the latest Volkswagen passenger car design for the grille and headlights seen most recently in the new Polo and Golf.
Similar to Volkswagen's latest passenger cars, the Caravelle and California models feature three-spoke steering wheels, stylish new instruments, a recommended gear shift display, a USB Media interface to connect external devices, and the latest audio and integrated, touchscreen, hard-drive navigation systems. Introduced across the range are a new generation ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program) with hill-start assist and an emergency brake light function.
Other new features in the new Volkswagen Caravelle and California include the German carmaker’s Side Assist lane change system, first seen in the VW Touareg, which warns the driver of anything in the vehicle's blind spot, and a new TMD (Tire Monitor Display) to alert the driver to any decrease in tire pressures.
Due to a new range of four quieter, more economical 2.0-liter four-cylinder common rail TDI engines, refinement is improved. These diesel engines serving as the core of the new VW Caravelle and California offer various levels of power outputs that all meet the latest Euro V emissions standard.
The least powerful of the four-cylinder common rail TDI engines is the mill that offers 84 PS of max output and 220 Nm of peak torque available 1,500 rpm. Also offered are diesel units that can deliver up to 102 PS of output and up to 250 of torque Nm from 1,500 rpm, or 140 PS of max motive power and 340 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. The most powerful variant is tuned to deliver 180 PS of max output and 400 Nm of peak torque at 1,500 rpm.
The new VW Caravelle and California models also benefit from the introduction of Volkswagen's seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, which will also be available later in 2010 with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with fourth generation Haldex coupling for the first time on selected models.