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Volkswagen Unveils the Fully Connected 2024 VW California: Multivan-Based, Plug-in Hybrid Adventure Await



Hier präsentiert sich der aktuelle VW California (2024), der auf der Plattform des Multivan entwickelt wurde. Jetzt vollständig digital vernetzt und zum ersten Mal mit einem Plug-in-Hybridmotor ausgestattet, bietet der beliebte "Bulli" neue Möglichkeiten für Reisen und Abenteuer. Es sind bereits drei Jahre vergangen, seit VW den modernisierten Multivan auf MQB-Plattform vorgestellt hat. Fans warteten bisher vergeblich auf eine Campingvariante mit dieser frischen PKW-Basis. Doch das Warten hat ein Ende: Der Hersteller enthüllt nun den frischen VW California, der durch seine neueste Bauweise nicht nur mit einem Plug-in-Hybrid aufwartet, sondern auch Allradantrieb sowie zwei seitliche Schiebetüren bietet – eine Premiere für diese Art von Fahrzeug.

All models of the new California (Beach, Beach Tour, Beach Camper, Coast, and Ocean) are built on the extended version of the Multivan platform. In practical terms, this means the vehicle measures 5,173 mm in length, 1,941 mm in width, and 1,990 mm in height, which includes the lowered pop-up roof. This size allows the California to fit into the majority of parking structures. Its long wheelbase of 3,124 mm is designed to offer more space inside. With the roof closed, the interior height is 1,297 mm, but once the pop-up roof is opened, it increases to 2,108 mm, providing standing room for most individuals.

The latest VW California model is available with three different powertrains, all of which are compatible with the various trim levels and are paired with an automatic transmission. The entry-level engine is a 150 horsepower TDI. A step up is the 204 horsepower TSI. However, the real innovation for the California is the introduction of the new plug-in hybrid system (eHybrid) that generates a total of 245 horsepower and can be paired with the 4Motion all-wheel drive. The combustion engine component of the eHybrid is provided by the 1.5 TSI. This combination is also capable of towing up to 2 tons.

The latest models boast individual removable seats in the rear, replacing the traditional bench seat, each complete with drawers, as well as seats for the driver and passenger. Essential to note are the 45-W USB-C ports, which are distributed throughout the motorhome. A benefit of the MQB platform is the availability of numerous driving assistance systems in the California, such as the "Travel Assist" feature well-known for its ability to steer, brake, and accelerate by incorporating traffic and navigation data into its operation.

The entry-level model is the California Beach, which is registered as a passenger car. Essentially, it's a Multivan equipped with a manual pop-up roof. It accommodates six passengers and provides sleeping space for two beneath the pop-up roof, which can be manually opened and closed using a redesigned mechanism. The bed, consistent across all variants, measures 2,054 by 1,137 millimeters and comes with a mattress and curved springs.

The California Beach Camper is officially registered as a standard motorhome. It seats five people but also comes with an extremely compact mini">kitchen and a connection for a 230-volt plug. The kitchen features a single-burner gas stove, a drawer for cutlery, and extra storage space, all integrated into a permanently installed unit in the cargo area. To use it, the kitchen module is pulled out towards the back with the trunk lid open, which also serves as a protective cover against rain.

The California Ocean holds the title as the premier model of the existing series, and this status is fully maintained in the latest iteration of the California Ocean. When compared to the Coast variant, the four-seater Ocean model boasts a host of additional standard features, a fully equipped kitchenette on the driver's side, and an extra leisure battery, totaling two LiFePo batteries at 40 Ah each.

The kitchen area has been entirely redesigned to accommodate entry and exit through the left sliding door. The adjustable driver's seat can now rotate 180 degrees, making room for the refrigerator, which opens forward like a drawer for accessibility from outside as well.

The lower bed in the living space measures 1980 by 1060 millimeters. When folded, it rests on one of the flip-down seats to the right and a step integrated into the kitchen unit to the left. The fresh water tank can hold up to 28 liters. Additionally, there's an outdoor foldable table that can also be used inside and as an extension of the countertop, and an extra 230-volt socket with an external outlet for an electric stove.

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The release date and pricing for the new model have not yet been disclosed. However, it is expected to be somewhat more expensive, although it's hard to imagine a price hike for the already pricey California. Volkswagen is targeting a market launch in June 2024. This means it should be ready in time for this year's travel season, assuming potential buyers can afford the estimated 90,000 to 100,000 euros for the high-end version.

Photo Gallery: Volkswagen California (2024)

Source: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

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