Crafter

The all-new Volkswagen Crafter made its press debut in Frankfurt on 8 September 2016, followed quickly by its public debut at the IAA in Hannover, and UK order books opening in January 2017. The vehicle’s UK debut was at the CV Show on 25 April at the NEC in Birmingham, with first customer deliveries from May 2017.

The new Crafter is produced at a custom-built facility in Września in Poland (the first LHD model rolled off the production line on 5 September 2016) which was officially opened at a special ceremony for board members, politicians and media at the end of October 2016.

Not only is the factory custom-built; the van itself was also ‘custom built’, following extensive research with commercial vehicle operators. As such it has the capacity to fulfil the requirements of operators in every field without compromises, and become the true third pillar of the brand after the Transporter and Caddy.

The new model offers operators maximum flexibility and the widest model range in the class: up to three different vehicle lengths are available, depending on the model chosen: 5.9 m, 6.84 m or 7.39 m. Panel van variants also come with one of three different roof heights: 2.35 m, 2.59 m or 2.79 m.

Unlike in the previous generation Crafter, the new model is available with front or rear-wheel drive, manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, plus 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It has a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5.5 tonnes and is available in a wide variety of derivatives. On top of that come open body variants as single or double cab versions with varying lengths and with or without conversions solutions, including dropsides and tippers.

In terms of powertrain options, the Crafter is available with four engines, along with the choice of front and rear-wheel drive layouts. 4MOTION four-wheel drive is also available on selected models.

The new Crafter draws on the design structure and quality of its ‘little brother’, the sixth-generation Transporter: while looking dynamic and contemporary, it offers the greatest possible payload, a cargo volume of up to 18.4 m3 and a maximum cargo space height of 2,196 mm.

But design is never without function and the appearance of the new Crafter was also driven by the objective to reduce total cost of ownership by realising the value of marginal gains. For example, class-leading aerodynamics (0.33 Cd) reduce drag and help contribute to improved fuel economy.

Two trim levels are on offer – Startline and Trendline. The Crafter’s first-in-class electromechanical steering system allows the fitment of the widest array of driver assistance systems in the C/D sector, making it the safest, easiest and most comfortable to drive. Standard features include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Cross-Wind Assist and a driver alert system as well as Front Assist and City Emergency Braking systems.

Other systems, standard dependent on trim or optional, include an active lane-keeping system (Lane Assist), a parking assistant (Park Assist), Trailer Assist and ACC Follow to Stop adaptive cruise control. All Crafters also have four airbags, ABS and ESP, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system and standard Bluetooth.

The new Crafter features EU6 engines based on the Modular Diesel Platform (MDB), which have been reconfigured to match the requirements of commercial vehicle operators. All are 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail diesels from the EA 288 Commercial ‘family’. When installed transversely for front-wheel drive versions, the engine is inclined eight degrees towards the front, leading to more space for driver and payload.

Four power outputs are available to Crafter buyers: 102, 122, 140 and 177 PS. The choice of engine depends on which drive system is selected, with customers able to choose between front, rear and all-wheel drive (4MOTION), as well as between a manual and automatic gearbox.

All engines have a stop/start system and are on average three per cent more fuel-efficient than those in the previous model. Also adding to reduced running costs are service intervals, increased from 25,000 to 30,000 miles: in simple terms, the new van needs one less service every 100,000 miles than the previous model, which saves not only on servicing costs but also on costly downtime.

New for this model is an optional universal wooden floor, which is equipped with shelving mounts, so existing shelving systems from lease vehicles or previous models can be installed for all common suppliers of customisation solutions. A variety of ex-factory modules are also available, such as a second compressor for refrigeration or fresh produce applications, four variants of a second battery, a second air conditioner and a second heat exchanger for a fuel-operated auxiliary heating system.

The all-new Volkswagen Crafter made its press debut in Frankfurt on 8 September 2016, followed quickly by its public debut at the IAA in Hannover, and UK order books opening in January 2017. The vehicle’s UK debut was at the CV Show on 25 April at the NEC in Birmingham, with first customer deliveries from May 2017.

The new Crafter is produced at a custom-built facility in Września in Poland (the first LHD model rolled off the production line on 5 September 2016) which was officially opened at a special ceremony for board members, politicians and media at the end of October 2016.

Not only is the factory custom-built; the van itself was also ‘custom built’, following extensive research with commercial vehicle operators. As such it has the capacity to fulfil the requirements of operators in every field without compromises, and become the true third pillar of the brand after the Transporter and Caddy.

The new model offers operators maximum flexibility and the widest model range in the class: up to three different vehicle lengths are available, depending on the model chosen: 5.9 m, 6.84 m or 7.39 m. Panel van variants also come with one of three different roof heights: 2.35 m, 2.59 m or 2.79 m.

Unlike in the previous generation Crafter, the new model is available with front or rear-wheel drive, manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, plus 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It has a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5.5 tonnes and is available in a wide variety of derivatives. On top of that come open body variants as single or double cab versions with varying lengths and with or without conversions solutions, including dropsides and tippers.

In terms of powertrain options, the Crafter is available with four engines, along with the choice of front and rear-wheel drive layouts. 4MOTION four-wheel drive is also available on selected models.

The new Crafter draws on the design structure and quality of its ‘little brother’, the sixth-generation Transporter: while looking dynamic and contemporary, it offers the greatest possible payload, a cargo volume of up to 18.4 m3 and a maximum cargo space height of 2,196 mm.

But design is never without function and the appearance of the new Crafter was also driven by the objective to reduce total cost of ownership by realising the value of marginal gains. For example, class-leading aerodynamics (0.33 Cd) reduce drag and help contribute to improved fuel economy.

Two trim levels are on offer – Startline and Trendline. The Crafter’s first-in-class electromechanical steering system allows the fitment of the widest array of driver assistance systems in the C/D sector, making it the safest, easiest and most comfortable to drive. Standard features include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Cross-Wind Assist and a driver alert system as well as Front Assist and City Emergency Braking systems.

Other systems, standard dependent on trim or optional, include an active lane-keeping system (Lane Assist), a parking assistant (Park Assist), Trailer Assist and ACC Follow to Stop adaptive cruise control. All Crafters also have four airbags, ABS and ESP, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system and standard Bluetooth.

The new Crafter features EU6 engines based on the Modular Diesel Platform (MDB), which have been reconfigured to match the requirements of commercial vehicle operators. All are 2.0-litre (1,968 cc) common rail diesels from the EA 288 Commercial ‘family’. When installed transversely for front-wheel drive versions, the engine is inclined eight degrees towards the front, leading to more space for driver and payload.

Four power outputs are available to Crafter buyers: 102, 122, 140 and 177 PS. The choice of engine depends on which drive system is selected, with customers able to choose between front, rear and all-wheel drive (4MOTION), as well as between a manual and automatic gearbox.

All engines have a stop/start system and are on average three per cent more fuel-efficient than those in the previous model. Also adding to reduced running costs are service intervals, increased from 25,000 to 30,000 miles: in simple terms, the new van needs one less service every 100,000 miles than the previous model, which saves not only on servicing costs but also on costly downtime.

New for this model is an optional universal wooden floor, which is equipped with shelving mounts, so existing shelving systems from lease vehicles or previous models can be installed for all common suppliers of customisation solutions. A variety of ex-factory modules are also available, such as a second compressor for refrigeration or fresh produce applications, four variants of a second battery, a second air conditioner and a second heat exchanger for a fuel-operated auxiliary heating system.

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