First unveiled in 1988, the Bulli-based California is the world’s most successful campervan, with sales of over 160,000 units. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has used the experience gained from this iconic camper to create the Grand California, a completely new motorhome based on the ultra-modern Crafter.
The Crafter-based Grand California builds on many of the strengths of the original Transporter-based California, with the addition of a wetroom with toilet and shower. Two versions are available: the ‘680’ and the ‘600’, which not only has a double bed at the rear but also an optional overcab bed for children.
The Grand California has a highly customisable design, advanced driver assistance systems and new technology to deliver the ideal travel and leisure vehicle for adventurous families.
The key feature distinguishing the Grand from the standard California is a wetroom (840 x 800 mm) with toilet and shower, fold-out wash basin, shelves for toiletries, cupboard with toilet paper holder, towel holders and skylight ventilation. The wetroom lights are automatically switched on via motion sensors when required.
Up to 110 litres of fresh water can be carried onboard (and a 90 litre waste water tank) which serve the kitchen and wetroom, plus there’s an external shower connection with adjustable water temperature at the rear of the Grand California. Water is heated via gas or electricity through a ‘combi boiler’-style system, allowing cold water to also be accessible when required. Twin-hob cooker and water and air heating are supplied by up to two 11 kg gas bottles, stored in the back of the vehicle.
The Grand California is equipped with swivel seats at the front as well as a double bench seat in the living area. A large dining table provides ample room for four people to sit down to eat together.
The Grand California is available with the Crafter’s driver assistance and infotainment systems, including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Rear View reversing camera with Park Assist.
A total of six USB interfaces in the living and sleeping area and on the outside ensure that smartphones and tablets are always supplied with sufficient power.
Optional loudspeakers in the living area can be controlled by Bluetooth, making it possible to listen to music independently of the infotainment system using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, while a digital control panel motorhome functions such as lights, temperature, and water level makes camping life easy.
The Grand California comes as standard with front-wheel drive, or in the 680, the option of 4MOTION four-wheel drive. One engine is available: a highly modern, high torque four-cylinder turbodiesel direct-injection (TDI) optimised for low emissions and delivering maximum power of 177 PS and torque of 410 Nm. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard.