A range of additional new body styles and derivatives have joined the new Volkswagen Crafter line-up, helping complete the brand’s newest model range.
At it’s launch, front-wheel drive versions with gross vehicle weights up to 3.5 tonne were available with three engines and a manual gearbox. Among the new models are panel vans with VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive powertrains and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Critically, the expansion of the range allows for Volkswagen to compete in the up-to 5.0-tonne GVW market.
Volkswagen has also introduced open body models to the line-up in single and double cab mode, which opens the range up further to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Recognised Converter scheme, meaning customers in the market for a Luton, dropside, tipper or other more unusual adaptation have access to a base vehicle.
Further derivatives will continue to join the line-up in 2018, including a 122 PS engine which will join the current 102, 140 and 177 PS powertrain options.
The Volkswagen Crafter includes autonomous emergency braking and automatic post-collision braking systems as a standard feature, which was introduced earlier in the year – a first in the van sector. Cross wind assist (for closed bodies) and a driver alert system are also standard.
Prices for the entry-level panel van start at £24,640 (basic RRP ex VAT). The starting price for the Volkswagen Crafter with eight-speed automatic gearbox is £30,385, £30,590 for rear-wheel drive and £34,145 for 4Motion four-wheel drive.