Wed, Aug 8, 2018 9:04 PM
It’s the Camper van on steroids, but when the Volkswagen Grand California is unveiled in Germany later this month, there will be plenty of interest in this beefed-up motorhome.
Whilst grand-touring vehicles are fairly light on the ground in the UK, at least compared to our American and continental counterparts, the trusty old Camper Van has filled a more than relevant gap in the market.
Volkswagen have fairly dominated the market in recent decades, with the traditional Camper van a staple of festivals and camp-sites during the summer months. But with the Grand California, it looks like the Germans may have come up with a winner which drivers may feel confident enough to take across the English Channel and beyond.
When the concept was unveiled this time last year, the project was known as the California XXL, which was fair enough, as the California model was already available, this was just much bigger.
‘The innovative vehicle body and interior layout creates lots of space inside the California XXL, including for a comfortable bed of around two metres in length,’ said VW’s press release when they first announced the idea. ‘In addition, a screened-off, spacious living area allows great freedom of movement. A bench seat and the front seats, which can be rotated 180 degrees, provide plenty of room. Purpose-built and designed as in the California are the kitchen with twin-hob cooker and fridge, sink and extendable work surface. Thanks to the large dimensions of the California XXL, a cleverly devised wet room with shower and WC adds comfort and convenience.’
The actuality of the Grand California has remained faithful to the concept, this is a big motorhome to dominate the road. Based on the Crafter wheelbase, the Grand California is high enough for anyone to stand up in it. As well as the aforementioned interior design, the vehicle will also come with plenty of safety tech including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, Lane assist, Blind Spot, Rear Traffic, Park Assists, Adaptive Cruise and reversing camera.
The production version will be debuted at the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf later this month.