California XXL concept morphs into Grand California for production, and it'll make its public debut at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon

Volkswagen has revealed that the production version of the California XXL will be called the Grand California. The range-topping camper van is set to make its public debut at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon in Germany.

The Grand California is based on the medium-wheelbase Crafter van, with a total length of 5986mm (just a touch shorter than the long-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantom). It sits above the Transporter T6-based California in the range. 

A high roof will ensure that adults can stand up inside the camper van, although the images accompanying the announcement show that it’ll ditch the concept van's extension over the tailgate. 

Inside, the Grand California follows the concept in having a large (840 x 800mm) wetroom bathroom, in addition to berths for two adults and two children. A small integrated kitchen incorporates a sink, gas hob and two fridges – one a 70-litre pull-out item – while the front seats swivel around to complement a double bench seat in the living area. 

Further features include automatic lighting that comes on when you enter the bathroom, Bluetooth-controlled speakers in the living area, an external shower and an electric step. The options list includes a high bunk bed with panoramic skylight, a roof-mounted air conditioning unit and solar panels on the roof. 

Pricing is yet to be announced, but given the medium-wheelbase Crafter’s starting price of £30,611 (compared with the Transporter T6's £25,055 and the California’s £46,625), a starting price £60,000 or more could be attached to the Grand California. What's certain, though, is that a 2.0-litre diesel engine will power the camper van, as it does in the Crafter. The Grand California will also be offered with the option of 4Motion four-wheel drive. 

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3 July 2018

Underpowered then!  And it looks like that guppy plane that transports large items.  

4 July 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Underpowered then!  And it looks like that guppy plane that transports large items.  

Not at all, the last Crafter's most powerful engine, the 2.5 5 made 163 PS and 295 lbs/ft, the new one's twin turbo 2 litre 4 makes 177 PS and 302 lbs/ft, class competitive. Its more about torque than power with commercials.

XXXX just went POP.

3 July 2018

My 2000 Autocruise Vista may not have two child bunks, but it does have a 2 metre bed, four burner hob, grill, oven, sink, fridge, toilet, shower and fold-down washbasin and room to stand upright, with space to walk around the bed, and all in a 4.7 metre length (that's less than a Mondeo).

4 July 2018
300 torques is hardly anything for a nigh on 3 tonne vehicle.

4 July 2018

...and it's sure to be wildly expensive (it's easy to get a California north of £80k with factory options - so it'll be easy to spend £100k+ on one of these).

Surely most sane folk will go for an approved converter's product - as most do when shopping for a T6 camper - and save £££s.

7 July 2018

Just go on YouTube and there are loads of videos of people converting vans into campers themselves and the results are often deeply impressive. Plus they cost a fraction of the price of a ready built camper. Remarkable that people would be willing to spend the money on a California let alone a Crafter version but there must be a market or VW wouldn't make it. 

8 August 2018
Will86 wrote:

Just go on YouTube and there are loads of videos of people converting vans into campers themselves and the results are often deeply impressive. Plus they cost a fraction of the price of a ready built camper. Remarkable that people would be willing to spend the money on a California let alone a Crafter version but there must be a market or VW wouldn't make it. 

Royal Mail fleet auctions used to be a good source of LWB vans for conversion. Though the red would take a few coats to be resprayed a camper-friendly cream colour.

8 August 2018

It’s easy to camperise a van on the cheap. Much harder to do it well. Fitting insulation, for example, is a skilled and fiddly job. Yes you can save money this way but VW’s own campers are high quality and much sought after.

8 August 2018

It's amazing to think they can kit out a van, manufacturing cost of around £30k, with shower (automatic light mind), windows, carpet, another seat, bluetooth speaker etc and sell it for a minium additional cost of just £30k (the intial price of a Focus RS).

p.s. I was being sarcastic

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

GBM

8 August 2018
For the size and likely price of this you'd be much better served by an integrated camping car. May I recommend a Hymer Exsis i?

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