Volkswagen reveals its biggest camper ever – the Grand California

Volkswagen has expanded the appeal of its California range with the release of the latest model – the appropriately named Grand California.

The new model is based on the Crafter – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ largest option – which was recently revamped, and features a bathroom as well as a large sleeping area.

Standard features include a kitchen, a bathroom measuring 840mm by 800mm, external lighting and a connection for an outside shower. Elsewhere, the Grand California comes with electric access steps and a two-part mosquito net in the doors.

The kitchen includes a pull-out 70-litre fridge-freezer, a twin-hob gas cooker, a sink and numerous pop-up shelves and pull-out storage areas.

But it’s the bathroom which will be the main attraction, and is what differentiates it from the current T6 Transporter-based California. As well as the toilet and shower, it features a fold-out sink, shelves for toiletries, a skylight for extra ventilation and towel rails. Automatic bathroom lights replace switches, while the Grand California can carry 110 litres of water onboard as well.

As with all California models, the scope for customisation is vast. There’s options for integrated Bluetooth speakers, bunk beds for children, a roof-mounted air-conditioning unit, skylights, and lifestyle accessories such as bike racks, an awning and outside tables and chairs.

Safety kit is impressive, with the Grand California available with automatic emergency braking, blind spot motoring, rear cross traffic alert when reversing out of a car park space, park assist and adaptive cruise control. It will also be offered with all-wheel-drive.

Further details and prices of the Grand California will be revealed when it makes its debut at the Caravan Salon show in Düsseldorf, Germany, on August 25. It will go on sale in early 2019.

Ted Welford


August 8, 2018

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