VW rolls out new California 6.1 camper van

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Don't expect to see any of these new California 6.1 units at U.S. campgrounds | Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles photos

Absent from the North American van market since early this century, Volkswagen has plans to launch a next-generation, and this time electric-powered, van for the 2022 model year. In the meantime, VW has continued to produce its Transporter vans for much of the rest of the world and has released information on the new California version 6.1 camper version.

Produced by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles of Hanover, Germany, the California 6.1 will officially debut at the end of August at the Caravan Salon show in Dusseldorf. The van features a new front design, enhanced kitchen and bedding, next-gen infotainment, a new multi-function overhead and digital control panel as well as new electro-mechanical power steering with such driver aids as Lane, Park, Cross-Wind and Trailer Assist technology.

California 6.1 has a new front-end design
Pop-up top provides room with a view

Based on the sixth-generation of the Transporter, VW released photos of what it calls the California Ocean 6.1 version of the camping unit. The vehicle’s new face includes a chrome-plated radiator grill with new LED daytime running lamps and a large air intake.

Beach and Coast versions also will be offered of the California 6.1, VW said.

Interior has been redone
Rear seat has new ‘lounge’ high-back feature

Among the new features are a rear-seat that can be transformed into a bed or lounge, a “sunrise” lighting system that has selectable LEDs above the living area can be dimmed or brightened slowly over a user-defined length of time, auxiliary heating system and an enhanced vehicle-leveling system for parking in a campground.

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The California 6.1 will come with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine and front or optional all-wheel drive.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. I like the Danberry design better, because it has the kitchen cut in half and put on either side of the van dust producing an area for a washroom containing electric flush toilet drop down sink in a shower hose and in some cases the floor pan that up lifts to let the water out if you shower or inside

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