The redesigned Volkswagen Caravelle and California vans will bow at the 63rd Frankfurt motor show, which is being held from September 15 to September 27. The new 2010 models continue to build on the rich history of Volkswagen MPVs, incorporating numerous changes and enhancements to improve the Caravelle and California vans' all-around characteristics.
The exterior design of the two vans will feature more aerodynamics side mirrors, new taillight clusters, new chrome side trims, and a new front end with the latest corporate front grille and headlight design most recently seen on the new Golf and Polo. On the inside, the Caravelle people mover and California campervan have added a new three-spoke steering wheel, new instruments, a gear shift indicator, and the latest audio and navigation equipment with touchscreen interface, hard-drive storage, and USB connectivity. In terms of safety, the new-generation Electronic Stabilization Program with hill-start assist and emergency brake light function has been added, along with the Side Assist lane change system and Tire Monitor Display.
Powertrain selections include a new range of four diesel engines based on the common-rail 2.0-liter inline-four, and are available with 83, 101, 138, or 178 horsepower. With their latest revisions, the diesels emit fewer greenhouse gases and feature improved fuel economy by approximately 10 percent across the board. Available later in 2010 will be Volkswagen's seven-speed DSG automatic transmission mated to the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with the new fourth-generation Haldex coupling.
Although diesel Volkswagens have been selling well in the states as of late, expect any U.S.-spec Caravelle or California model to sport a gasoline engine alongside any oil burner, if offered. Pricing and full specifications for the new vans are expected closer to launch.
Visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk for additional information.
Source: Volkswagen UK