Last August saw the global launch of the California XXL concept, big brother and worthy successor to the popular California. Now it has moved from the drawing board to come alive in Dusseldorf, where VW will be officially launching the production model based on last year's concept vehicle.
Go big or go home
The California XXL concept is an all-rounder, based on the Crafter, that’s benefited from a thorough redesign. It incorporates everything camping enthusiasts love about the California, but to the max.
The interior offers ample space all round, a roomy living area with front seats that swivel 180° and offers plenty of freedom to move around. And at the end of an adventurous day, campers can get a good night's sleep thanks to a sumptuous two-metre bed plus a smaller bed in the alcove. This spacious living is made possible by meticulous interior design and an innovative, re-engineered chassis, featuring an extended rear section.
The California XXL concept retains key features that have made the California such a hit including the twin-burner hob, refrigerator, kitchen sink and the extendable work surface, all ergonomically designed. The slide-out bath is truly innovative: the cleverly constructed wet room with shower offers luxury, wherever you are.
Impressive dimensions. Even better handling.
Don’t let the size of the XXL deceive you: despite an overall height of 2,900mm, it boasts impressive aerodynamic efficiency. This is thanks to special indentations in the redesigned high roof that keep drag at the level of a “normal” Crafter. Air suspension, efficient engines and a wealth of driver assistance systems combine to give this all-round transporter rock-solid handling. While underfloor heating and all-wheel drive offer a comfortable experience, whatever the weather has in store.
The camper van class of the future
With California XXL coming into production, Volkswagen adds a new chapter to the most successful camper van ever.