Volkswagen has revealed the design of its 2017 Crafter panel van which promises good functionality for a vehicle of its size along with a host of safety technology thanks to the addition of electric power steering, a first for a panel van of this size.
All-new EU 6 engines and new exterior design give the model the lowest consumption and emission figures with the engines designed for both short and long-distance driving.
Manoeuvrable and solid regardless of payload
According to Volkswagen the all-new Crafter has been designed to ensure maximum practicality. For example, the new vehicle combines extensive cargo capacity with minimal external dimensions, making it extremely manoeuvrable yet solid in its handling, regardless of payload.
Flexible: multiple engine and drivetrain variants
The new Crafter now offers a wide range of derivatives. The new “EA 288Nutz” 2.0-litre TDI engine, developed especially for this model, is available with four power outputs: 102 PS, 122 PS and 140 PS, plus a bi-turbo TDI with 177 PS.
The choice of engines depends on which drive system is selected. Customers have a choice between front, rear and all-wheel drive (4MOTION), as well as the option of a manual or automatic gearbox. Such variety has never been seen before in this segment.
There are also up to three different vehicle lengths available depending on the model chosen, while the closed body variants come with up to three different roof heights. This means customers can configure their new Crafter in line with their specific requirements and find the right combination of engine, gearbox, drive system, vehicle length and roof height to meet their needs.
Variety of driver assistance systems
The Crafter’s electro-mechanical steering system used for the first time in this vehicle class means active driver assistance systems, such as ESP with trailer stabilisation, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control, post-collision braking system, side wind compensation system and a trailer manoeuvring assistant system among others are all available.
In terms of passive safety, front, side and head airbags for the driver and passengers and an extensive range of warning systems that includes a reversing camera, parking distance monitor and the Rear Traffic Alert system are also on offer. LED headlights, cornering lights and Light Assist ensure a clear view of the road ahead at night, while the Crafter also comes with online services that are tailored to the specific needs of customers.