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|Manufacturer||Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles|
|Also called||MAN TGE|
Volkswagen Grand California
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Light commercial vehicle (M)|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group/Daimler AG LT/T1N series|
|Engine||2.0 L I4 TDI with DPF|
2.5 L I5 TDI with DPF
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)
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 Volkswagen 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 VW powertrain. 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.
Starting with the 2017 model year the Crafter is designed and built by Volkswagen, and no longer associated with the Sprinter. This new Crafter also sold by VW's MAN Truck & Bus division as the MAN TGE.
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. Production is planned to start in the second half of 2016.
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 2010 version 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.
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.
|2.5 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|
|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|
|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|
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)
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.
The next generation of the VW Crafter is designed and built by Volkswagen after their departure with Mercedes-Benz. The redesigned to corresponds with the current VW design line and comes in Startline or Trendline trim.
The 2017 Crafter is also sold by VW's MAN Truck & Bus division as the MAN TGE.
The motorhome variant called the VW Grand California was first debut at the 2018 Caravan Salon Dusseldorf. It will come in two versions, the 6.0-metre (600) and the 6.8-metre (680) and go on sale in early 2019.
A special order 300 hp variant of the 2.5L motor was custom made in 2010. With an emergency services ECU remap (180 kW), the additional 50 kW 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.
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 and 290 Nm electric motors, and top speed is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph). The electric van is production ready, and retail deliveries are slated for 2017.
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- Evans, Gareth (24 August 2018). "Campervan show stars - highlights from 2018 Caravan Salon Dusseldorf | Parkers". www.parkers.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
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|Campervan||Westfalia California||California (T5)|
|Panel van derivatives||Type 2 (T1)||Type 2 (T2)||Transporter (T3)||Transporter (T4)||Transporter (T5)|
|LT I||LT II||Crafter|
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