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|Manufacturer||Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles|
|Also called||MAN TGE|
Volkswagen Grand California
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Light commercial vehicle (M)|
|Platform||MNB (Modular Light Commercial Vehicle platform) Second generation|
|Related||Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (First Gen)|
|Engine||2.0 L I4 TDI with DPF|
2.5 L I5 TDI with DPF
|Electric motor||100 kW (136.0 PS; 134.1 hp) synchronous permanent magnet AC motor|
1,993 mm (78.5 in)
2,426 mm (95.5 in)
2,682 mm (105.6 in)
|Height||Chassis Double Cab LWB:|
2,420 mm (95.3 in)
2,405 mm (94.7 in)
Chassis Double Cab MWB:
2,440 mm (96.1 in)
2,425 mm (95.5 in)
Chassis Double Cab SWB:
2,365 mm (93.1 in) (also Chassis Single Cab SWB)
2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Chassis Single Cab LWB:
2,385 mm (93.9 in)
2,395 mm (94.3 in)
Chassis Single Cab MWB:
2,410 mm (94.9 in)
2,400 mm (94.5 in)
3,055 mm (120.3 in) (with roof)
3,050 mm (120.1 in) (with roof)
2,715 mm (106.9 in)
2,825 mm (111.2 in)
2,820 mm (111.0 in)
2,720 mm (107.1 in) (with roof)
3,050 mm (120.1 in) (with roof)
2,820 mm (111.0 in) (with roof)
2,435 mm (95.9 in)
2,535 mm (99.8 in)
2,435 mm (95.9 in)
2,725 mm (107.3 in) (with roof)
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Transporter LT|
The Volkswagen Crafter, introduced in 2006, is the largest 3 to 5 ton van produced and sold by the German automaker Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The Crafter officially replaced the Volkswagen Transporter LT nameplate first launched in 1975, although it is known as the LT3 as its production plant code.
Like the second generation LT, the first generation Crafter is a rebadged Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, built by Daimler AG, with a powertrain by Volkswagen. The Daimler variant has been also sold by Daimler as the Freightliner Sprinter and Dodge Sprinter. An all-electric variant, the e Crafter, was released in 2017.
Starting with the 2017 model year, the Crafter is designed and built by Volkswagen, and no longer associated with the Sprinter. A version of the Crafter is also sold by MAN Truck & Bus as the MAN TGE. Its major European competitors include the Renault Master, Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Iveco Daily and Hyundai H350.
First generation (Typ 2E/2F, 2006–2017)
From launch, in 2006, up to 2010, all internal combustion engines were based upon Volkswagen Group's re engineered 2.5 litre R5 TDI. This turbodiesel is an inline-five cylinder (R5) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine.
It displaces 2,459 cubic centimetres (150.1 cu in), and uses what was the latest common rail fuel system, with piezoelectric actuated injectors for the cylinder-direct fuel injection. It also utilises a diesel particulate filter (DPF), allowing all engine variants to comply with Euro IV European emission standards.
The version of 2010 of the 2.5 TDI CR engine was redesigned, correcting the previous problems of turbo failure. An update on the engine was also released, under the guise of "Blue TDI", which used AdBlue - or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) - in combination with a DPF to attain the more stringent Euro V EEV European emission standards.
|2.5 TDI CR||2,459 cc (150 cu in) I5 turbo||88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp)||3500||220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft)||2000||Euro 4|
|88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp)||3300||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||1900–2300||Euro 5 EEV|
|109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)||3500||280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)||2000||Euro 4|
|109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)||3300||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)||1900–2300||Euro 5 EEV|
|136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)||3500||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)||2000||Euro 4|
|136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)||3500||330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft)||2000||Euro 5 EEV|
|163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)||3500||350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)||2000||Euro 4|
|163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)||3500||360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft)||2200||Euro 5 EEV|
The Crafter is available in three wheelbase options; 3,250 millimetres (128.0 in), 3,665 millimetres (144.3 in) and 4,325 millimetres (170.3 in). It is equipped with front airbags as standard, and side and curtain airbags as options, along with anti-lock braking system (ABS), load adapting electronic stability programme (ESP), anti-slip regulation (traction control) (ASR), and electronic differential lock (EDL).
The electronic differential lock (EDL) employed by Volkswagen is not, as the name suggests, a differential lock at all. Sensors monitor both roadwheel speeds across a driven axle, and if one is rotating substantially faster than the other (i.e. slipping) the EDL system momentarily brakes it. This effectively transfers the torque to the other driven wheel which is deemed to still have grip.
Payloads and gross vehicle weights
Conversions based on the Volkswagen Crafter
The Crafter is an ideal base vehicle for minibus conversions, and Volkswagen have a list of accredited vehicle conversion specialists.
The Crafter has won a number of motor industry awards, including:
- 2006 What Van? – Overall Van of the Year (UK)
- 2006 What Van? – Large Van of the Year (UK)
- 2007 Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine – Large Van of the Year (UK)
- 2007 Van Fleet World – Best Large Panel Van (UK)
- 2007 Delivery Magazine – Large Van of the Year (Australia)
- 2008 Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine – Best Van derived Chassis Cab of the Year (UK)
First generation facelift (2011–2017)
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles released a revised Crafter in April 2011. The design of the grille was changed to the current design language of the Volkswagen brand. New power trains based on the 2.0L TDI producing 80 kW/109 PS, 100 kW/136 PS and BiTDI 120 kW/163 PS with the engine revised the payload was increased by up to 10% on some models. The facelift appeared 2 years before the Sprinter on which its based got its own facelift.
In 2011, the 2.5 litre engine was replaced by the 2.0 litre TDI, which utilises exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) in conjunction with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), allowing all engine variants to comply with Euro 5b (Euro V) European emission standards, which came into force in September 2011.
|2.0 TDI CR||1,968 cc (120 cu in) I4 turbo||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)||3500||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)||1500–2250||Euro 5b|
|136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)||3500||340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)||1500–2250||Euro 5b|
|2.0 BiTDI CR||163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)||4000||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)||1500–2250||Euro 5b|
In March 2012 the Crafter 4Motion variant was released as an option with one engine BiTDI 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp). The four wheel drive system is supplied and fitted by Austrian specialists Achleitner.
Second generation (Typ SY/SZ, 2017–present)
The second generation of the Volkswagen Crafter was developed entirely by Volkswagen, after the end of their collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. The new design corresponds with the current design line of Volkswagen, and comes in Startline or Trendline trim. The motorhome variant, called the Volkswagen Grand California, was first shown at the 2018 Caravan Salon Düsseldorf. The Grand California comes in two lengths; the 6.0 metre (600) and the 6.8 metre (680) and went on sale at the beginning of 2019.
The second generation Crafter is built in Września, Poland, with a new factory being built specifically for its production. Planned volume is 85,000 vehicles per year, on a 220 ha sized site (300,000 square metres under roof). The cost of the new plant was about 800 million EUR.
|2.0 TDI CR||1,968 cc (120 cu in) I4 turbo||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)||3500||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)||1500–2250||Euro 6|
|114 PS (84 kW; 112 hp)||3500||300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)||1500–2250||Euro 6|
|140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)||3500||340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)||1575–2250||Euro 6|
|2.0 BiTDI CR||163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)||3600||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)||1800||Euro 6|
In September 2016, Volkswagen unveiled the e-Crafter all electric van at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover. The concept e-Crafter has a 43 kWh battery that delivers an estimated range of 208 km (129 mi). The van payload is rated at 1,709 kg, and cargo space is listed at 11.3 cubic meters. The e-Crafter has a 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) and 290 N⋅m (214 lb⋅ft) electric motor, and top speed is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph). The electric van is production ready, and retail deliveries were slated for 2017.
At the 2017 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen presented the California XXL motorhome concept, based on the Crafter. The 6.2 m long vehicle has a standing height of 2.2 m and is equipped with underfloor heating. The production version was named Grand California and the model went on sale in 2019. It is the larger version of the Volkswagen Transporter based Volkswagen California.
The second generation Crafter is also sold by MAN Truck & Bus as the MAN TGE. MAN is a brand of TRATON, which is the Volkswagen Group's heavy commercial vehicle division. The MAN TGE has a wide range of body types, with the van primarily being sold as a panel van, but also available as a tipper, dropside or crew cab variant.
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