Volkswagen Crafter

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Volkswagen Crafter
VW Crafter 2.0 TDI Facelift.JPG
Manufacturer Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Also called MAN TGE
Production 2006-present
Assembly Düsseldorf, Germany,
Ludwigsfelde, Germany
Września, Poland
Designer Laurent Boulay
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle (M)
Body style Panel van,
Double cab,
Chassis cab
Layout FR layout
Platform Volkswagen Group/Daimler AG LT/T1N series
Related Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Engine 2.0 L I4 TDI with DPF
2.5 L I5 TDI with DPF
Transmission 6-speed manual,
6-speed Shiftmatic automatic
Wheelbase SWB: 3,250 mm (128.0 in)
MWB: 3,665 mm (144.3 in)
LWB: 4,325 mm (170.3 in)
Length Chassis Double Cab LWB:
6,680 mm (263.0 in)
6,840 mm (269.3 in)
6,845 mm (269.5 in)
Chassis Double Cab MWB:
5,870 mm (231.1 in)
6,085 mm (239.6 in)
6,140 mm (241.7 in)
Chassis Double Cab SWB:
5,305 mm (208.9 in)
5,560 mm (218.9 in)
Chassis Single Cab LWB:
6,680 mm (263.0 in)
6,845 mm (269.5 in)
6,930 mm (272.8 in)
Chassis Single Cab MWB:
5,870 mm (231.1 in)
6,020 mm (237.0 in)
6,085 mm (239.6 in)
Chassis Single Cab SWB:
5,305 mm (208.9 in)
5,570 mm (219.3 in)
7,345 mm (289.2 in)
6,940 mm (273.2 in)
5,910 mm (232.7 in)
5,245 mm (206.5 in)
Width Vans:
1,993 mm (78.5 in)
Pickup Trucks:
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 LT

The Volkswagen Crafter, introduced in 2006 is the largest 3 to 5 tonne van produced and sold by the German automaker Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The Crafter officially replaced the 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,[1] with a VW powertrain.[2] The Daimler variant has been also sold by Daimler as the Freightliner Sprinter and Dodge Sprinter. An all-electric variant, the e-Crafter, is scheduled for retail sales in 2017.[3]

Starting with the 2017 model year the Crafter is designed and built by Volkswagen, and no longer associated with the Sprinter.[4][5][6][7] This new Crafter also sold by VW's MAN Truck & Bus division as the MAN TGE.[8]

Its major European competitors include the Renault Master/Vauxhall/Opel Movano/Nissan NV400, Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato/Citroën Jumper/Peugeot Boxer/RAM ProMaster, Iveco Daily and Hyundai H350.

Production plants[edit]

Volkswagen Crafter (Europe; pre-facelift)

The Crafter is built in the Mercedes-Benz Ludwigsfelde and Düsseldorf plants, the same German factories where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is built.

The New Generation will be built in Września, Poland, where the company plans to build a new factory in Autumn 2014. Planned volume of production is 85,000 per year, on a 220 ha sized site (300,000 square metres under roof). The cost of the new plant is about 3381 million PLN.[9] Production is planned to start in the second half of 2016.[10]


French car designer Laurent Boulay is responsible for the frontal design of the Crafter, which takes cues from the Volkswagen Constellation.[11]


All internal combustion engines are 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 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 the latest Euro IV European emission standards.[12] The 2010 version of the 2.5 TDI CR engine was redesigned, correcting the previous problems of turbo failure.

Engines 2006-2011
Model Engine type Power rpm Torque rpm
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
109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp) 3500 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) 2000
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 3500 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) 2000
163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 3500 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 2000
Engines 2011-
Model Engine type Power rpm Torque rpm
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
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 3500 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) 1500-2250
2.0 BiTDI CR 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 4000 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 1500-2250


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[edit]

The Crafter Chassis and Double Cabs have payloads ranging from 1,472 to 3,026 kilograms (3,245 to 6,671 lb), and come in Gross Vehicle Weights (GVW) of either 3.5 or 5.3 tonnes.

Conversions based on the Volkswagen Crafter[edit]

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:

2011 update[edit]

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.

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.

R version[edit]

A special order 300 hp variant of the 2.5L motor was custom made in 2010. With an emergency services ECU remap (180kw), the additional 50kw of power is achieved with the use of liquid vapour injection, allowing the diesel fuel to burn more efficiently. 3" mandrel exhaust optimised the power and gives the Crafter R an aggressive sound. This model features high line interior, long range tanks, leather upholstery, xenon headlights, 22" wheels and a Bose sound system with DVD player. End users had the choice of VIP rear interior or empty cargo area.

Electric version[edit]

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 an 100 kW and 290 Nm electric motors, and top speed is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph).[3] The electric van is production ready, and retail deliveries are slated for 2017.[3]



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  2. ^ "VCDS VW LT3 software diagnosis tool" (in German). Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Kane, Mark (24 September 2016). "Volkswagen Unveils e-Crafter Electric Van: 124 Mile Range, Arrives In 2017". Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "2017 Volkswagen Crafter". 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "New 2017 Volkswagen Crafter van launches with new looks and more tech". 8 September 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "New 2017 Volkswagen Crafter Debuts with FWD Option, US Market Entry Possible". 28 July 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "All-new 2016 VW Crafter revealed in full". 9 September 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "MAN TGE FIRST PICS AND RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED". 11 August 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  9. ^,137314,title,We-Wrzesni-powstanie-nowa-fabryka-Volkswagena,wid,16479461,wiadomosc.html
  10. ^ New factory on the Volkswagen Poland website
  11. ^ "Volkswagen Crafter - Un utilitaire de métiers" (in French). 
  12. ^ "Volkswagen Crafter - Engine specification". Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Awards for Volkswagen Caddy Maxi and Crafter Chassis Cab - Easier Motoring". Easier Inc. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 

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