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Kombi’s big brother eyes spring arrival

Volkswagen prepares to introduce Kiwis to a “grown-up version” of its famous camper van.
Posted on 14 July, 2020
Kombi’s big brother eyes spring arrival

Volkswagen is bringing the Grand California – described as the “Kombi’s bigger brother” – to the local market from spring.

The latest addition to the range from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles boasts a spacious interior and “cutting-edge technology” to “expand upon previous generations of carefree camper van adventure”.

The 680 model offers a queen-size bed and is described as the perfect escape for two, while a loft bed and panoramic sky roof in the 600 model makes it suitable for families.

Both versions feature four-wheel drive as standard and a 2-litre TDI diesel engine generating 130kW/410Nm. The vehicles also have a 110-litre freshwater tank and multimedia living room connectivity.

Based on the Crafter platform, the Grand California also has 360-degree parking sensors, front assist lane keeping and adaptive cruise control as standard.

Kevin Richards, general manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, says: “If those memories on the road in a Kombi during the ’70s are still making you smile then the Grand California is the vehicle for you. Take the iconic two-tone paint finish, a more sophisticated interior and you have got an adventure that awaits, just a slightly more grown-up version.

“Having 4WD as standard across the range means you can really explore the far-flung places that most motorhomes simply can’t get to.”

Pricing for the Grand California starts at $159,000.