Volkswagen Crafter

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Volkswagen Crafter
VW Crafter 2.0 TDI Facelift.JPG
Manufacturer Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Also called

Volkswagen LT3

Volkswagen Crafter Volt (Turkey)
Production 2006-present
Assembly Düsseldorf, Germany,
Ludwigsfelde, Germany
Designer Laurent Boulay
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle - van
Body style Panel van,
Double cab,
Chassis cab
Layout Front engine,
rear-wheel drive
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 and built by Daimler AG,[1] is the largest 3 to 5 tonne van sold by 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.

Starting with its second generation, the LT/Crafter is a rebadged Mercedes Sprinter with a VW powertrain.[2] It has been also sold by Daimler as the Freightliner Sprinter and Dodge Sprinter,

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

Production plants[edit]

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 the factory in Autumn 2014. Planned volume of production is 85 thousand per year, on a 220 ha sized site (300 thousand of square metres under roof). The cost of the new plant is about 3381 million PLN.[3]


French car designer Laurent Boulay is responsible for the frontal design of the Crafter, which takes cues from the Volkswagen Constellation.[4]


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.[5]

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
134 PS (99 kW; 132 hp) 3500 320 N·m (236 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.



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