Volkswagen Crafter (2017–)
- May 2015: Crafter gets autonomous emergency braking as standard
- July 2016: New Volkswagen Crafter unveiled
- December 2016: Volkswagen confirms all-electric version of the Crafter
- May 2018
- May 2019: Crafter minibus launched
Crafter gets autonomous emergency braking as standard
Volkswagen the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking), meaning all customers ordering a new Caddy, Transporter or Crafter van from 1 June will be guaranteed safety as standard.
Using a radar built into the front end of the van, Front Assist recognises critical distances to the vehicle in front and helps to ensure safe stopping. In any dangerous situations Front Assist reacts here in two stages: in the first the assistance system warns the driver with audible and visual signals of any vehicle in front driving slowly or suddenly braking and of the associated risk of collision. In parallel it gets the vehicle ready for emergency braking – by applying the brake pads and alerting the brake assistant. If the driver fails to react to the warning, a one-off short jolt of the brake indicates in the second stage the looming danger of a collision and the brake assistant’s responsiveness is further increased. If the driver then hits the brakes, full braking power is immediately available. If the driver does not brake strongly enough, Front Assist increases the braking pressure to the required level, so that the vehicle comes to a stop before reaching the obstacle.
The system also includes the City Emergency Braking function, which provides assistance at low speeds of under 18 mph. If the driver fails to see or react to an obstacle, the system automatically applies the brakes and ensures that the speed of any collision is reduced. Ideally, it completely prevents the vehicle from running into the obstacle.
New Volkswagen Crafter unveiled
Shown at a special preview event in Germany, the Crafter is the first large van to be built by Volkswagen in 20 years. Unlike previous versions – built by Mercedes-Benz – the Crafter is produced at a purpose built factory in Wrzesnia, Poland.
Available in 69 derivatives, including tipper, dropside and panel van, the Crafter is capable of carrying six Euro pallets and gross vehicle weights of 5.5 tonnes. In its largest for, the Crafter will provide cargo volume of up to 18.4 m3 and a maximum cargo space height of 2196 mm.
The 2.0 TDI engine, the “EA 288 Commercial”, which are carried over from the T6 Transporter, is available with front-wheel drive at three different power output levels: 102PS, 140PS or as a BiTurbo TDI with 177PS. The 1968cc TDI engine is installed transversely, and it is inclined eight degrees towards the front, which results in shorter equipment length and thereby provides more space for the driver and payload. All engines.
From around mid-2017, the powertrains on offer will be supplemented by the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with a transversely mounted engine and the rear-wheel drive system with a longitudinally mounted engine.
Thanks to the electromechanical steering, the Crafter provides an outstandingly wide array of active driver assistance systems, such as an active lane-keeping system (Lane Assist), a parking assistant (Park Assist) and an assistant for manoeuvring a trailer (Trailer Assist). Other assistance systems, some of which are optional, include the “ACC Follow to Stop” adaptive cruise control system, the Front Assist emergency braking system, the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, the side wind assistant that is also standard, driver alert system, automatic main beam dipping control by Light Assist and much more.
Volkswagen confirms all-electric version of the Crafter
Powered by a 100-kilowatt motor, the eCrafter is capable of carrying 1.7 tonnes up to 129 miles on a single charge.
With a permitted total weight of 4.2 tonnes, the eCrafter's 312 cell battery pack will take 45 minutes to charge from empty to 80 per cent. What's more, owing to the fact the battery pack is located under the cargo floor, the load space is the same as the diesel-powered version, with 11.3 cubic metres and a maximum cargo height of 1961mm.
The 100-kilowatt electric motor will produce 290Nm of torque - which is roughly the same as a standard 2.0-litre TDI Crafter - and the zero tailpipe emissions should make the eCrafter suitable for city-based delivery companies, universities, housing associations and utility firms.
Warranty improved on new Crafter from three-years and up to 60,000 miles to three-years and unlimited mileage. The warranty, which is composed of a two year manufacturer warranty and third year Van Centre guarantee protects against the failure of most mechanical and electrical components due to manufacturing defects.
Crafter minibus launched
Offered through Volkswagen’s Engineered To Go programme, the wheelchair-accessible minibus has a wheelchair lift and 16 passenger seats.
Entry is via a manually operated front entrance door with a modified stepwell or the Braun Vista Split inboard passenger lift at the rear. As the conversion is completed by a Recognised Partner, the Crafter Minibus comes with a conversion warranty that matches the base vehicle.
The 17 seat layout, including driver, is fully configurable, too, with quick release functions allowing the Crafter minibus to be adapted to accommodate up to six wheelchairs in a matter of minutes. There is also a choice of wheelchair and wheelchair occupant restraint systems available.