Volkswagen teases facelifted T6 California camper

Published 04 July 2019

Volkswagen has previewed the facelifted T6 California with a series of sketches. Dubbed the 6.1, the medium size camper van goes on sale in the autumn and gets sharper front-end styling, improved safety and better connectivity. Prices will start in the region of £47,000. 

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The Volkswagen California 6.1 is offered with the familiar 2.0-litre turbodiesel, paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG auto. Engine outputs will most likely span 102PS - 199PS, while emissions and fuel economy will meet the latest WLTP standards, which means claimed mpg should be more reflective of real-world driving. The 2.0 TSI petrol engine, however, has officially been axed from the line-up. 

Driver and passenger safety has been improved, with the option of a side-wind compensation system that will automatically adjust the power steering so the driver doesn’t have to continuously countersteer against heavy side winds. Volkswagen’s semi-autonomous trailer assist is also offered for the first time on the California, allowing the van to steer the trailer automatically when reversing at low speeds.

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The cabin has been given a complete overhaul, with a new dashboard that includes the option of a fully digital instrument cluster. The multifunctional camper control unit in the roof console - that operates the electric pop-up roof, fridge and heater on Ocean models - has been redesigned and digitalised, while a built-in eSIM provides real-time fuel prices and traffic reports via the touchscreen infotainment screen.

Volkswagen is also promising "carefully enhanced and optimised" living and sleeping areas, but hasn't supplied any details about the changes. However, if the sketches are anything to go by, the changes will be minor. 

More details will be announced when the camper van makes its world premiere at the end of August at the Caravan-Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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