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With new technology, new front design and an improved interior, the fully updated Volkswagen California 6.1 confirms its position as the benchmark camper van in the industry. More than 175,000 California campers have been produced to date across four generations, making it the most successful vehicle of its kind ever.

Immaculately packaged and built to remarkably high standards throughout, the California has never wavered from its original design philosophy and remains the ultimate vehicle for adventurous families on the move. Thanks to its standard pop-up roof and two sleeping areas (up top and down below), the California transforms itself from MPV into motor home in an instant.

The new California 6.1 is distinguished by a new front end that adds more visual appeal and gives the whole vehicle a more dynamic appearance. On the range-topping Ocean model, the grille is embellished with four chrome strips and is framed with new LED daytime running lights. Coast models have two chrome strips. Both models feature a new bumper design that has a larger grille element and fog lights incorporated into the lower section.

The California 6.1 features an all-new camper control unit with touchscreen in the roof console. All camper functions are managed via the digitalised control unit. Another distinctive feature of the interior of both models is a redesigned dash panel with Digital Cockpit (standard on Ocean). Enhanced infotainment systems ensure optimum connectivity and thanks to an online connectivity unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM, they provide access to the new spectrum of We Connect Plus mobile online services and functions.

The California 6.1 introduces a new electro-mechanical power steering system that can be actively controlled by the vehicle’s new safety and assistance systems. The extended range of systems includes Lane Assist, Park Assist, a side protection function (warns of obstacles when manoeuvring) and Trailer Assist (simplifies manoeuvring with a trailer). Also included is Cross Wind Assist; it automatically stabilises the camper in the event of strong winds. Being offered as an option is the DCC Adaptive Chassis Control system.

UK customers can choose between two California models: Coast and Ocean. Both versions are equipped with rear cupboards and a row of kitchen units made largely of lightweight aluminium. These fixtures, with a compact, clear design, have been further enhanced and equipped with new details such as an additional double USB socket. The kitchen doors feature new aluminium handles while new push buttons for the kitchen surface cover have also been introduced. The push buttons have been worked into the elegant aluminium edging of the row of kitchen units and operate smoothly.

As before, both versions of the California 6.1 feature a pop-up roof. The Ocean has an electro-hydraulic motor and large front opening as standard, which can be completely unzipped to facilitate sleeping under an open sky. Optimum protection from incoming light is provided by the pop-up roof’s now darker grey (Basalt Grey) canvas sides. As an option the canvas sides are available in Glacier Blue and Strawberry Red. The Coast model features a manually-operated pop-up roof with two side windows. Both models feature a new bed with a sprung base rather than a slatted frame. Down below in the living space there is another sleeping area. When folded out, the rear bench seat plus extension at the back creates a large bed. In both models, this area can now also be transformed into a lounger sofa: simply fold down the bench seat’s backrest and raise the bed extension at the very back up to the desired height – and hey presto, the interior transforms itself into a lounger for relaxing.

The California 6.1 is available with a 2.0-litre TDI engine with outputs of 150 PS and 199 PS. Both drive through a seven-speed DSG transmission as standard. The entry-level Coast model is available with a 150 PS engine only, with the Ocean coming with the additional option of a BiTDI 199 PS version. 4MOTION all-wheel drive can also be specified on the 199 PS engine. Both California 6.1 TDI engines fulfil the latest Euro 6d TEMP EAVP ISC emissions standard.

GENERAL

California

With new technology, new front design and an improved interior, the fully updated Volkswagen California 6.1 confirms its position as the benchmark camper van in the industry. More than 175,000 California campers have been produced to date across four generations, making it the most successful vehicle of its kind ever.

Immaculately packaged and built to remarkably high standards throughout, the California has never wavered from its original design philosophy and remains the ultimate vehicle for adventurous families on the move. Thanks to its standard pop-up roof and two sleeping areas (up top and down below), the California transforms itself from MPV into motor home in an instant.

The new California 6.1 is distinguished by a new front end that adds more visual appeal and gives the whole vehicle a more dynamic appearance. On the range-topping Ocean model, the grille is embellished with four chrome strips and is framed with new LED daytime running lights. Coast models have two chrome strips. Both models feature a new bumper design that has a larger grille element and fog lights incorporated into the lower section.

The California 6.1 features an all-new camper control unit with touchscreen in the roof console. All camper functions are managed via the digitalised control unit. Another distinctive feature of the interior of both models is a redesigned dash panel with Digital Cockpit (standard on Ocean). Enhanced infotainment systems ensure optimum connectivity and thanks to an online connectivity unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM, they provide access to the new spectrum of We Connect Plus mobile online services and functions.

The California 6.1 introduces a new electro-mechanical power steering system that can be actively controlled by the vehicle’s new safety and assistance systems. The extended range of systems includes Lane Assist, Park Assist, a side protection function (warns of obstacles when manoeuvring) and Trailer Assist (simplifies manoeuvring with a trailer). Also included is Cross Wind Assist; it automatically stabilises the camper in the event of strong winds. Being offered as an option is the DCC Adaptive Chassis Control system.

UK customers can choose between two California models: Coast and Ocean. Both versions are equipped with rear cupboards and a row of kitchen units made largely of lightweight aluminium. These fixtures, with a compact, clear design, have been further enhanced and equipped with new details such as an additional double USB socket. The kitchen doors feature new aluminium handles while new push buttons for the kitchen surface cover have also been introduced. The push buttons have been worked into the elegant aluminium edging of the row of kitchen units and operate smoothly.

As before, both versions of the California 6.1 feature a pop-up roof. The Ocean has an electro-hydraulic motor and large front opening as standard, which can be completely unzipped to facilitate sleeping under an open sky. Optimum protection from incoming light is provided by the pop-up roof’s now darker grey (Basalt Grey) canvas sides. As an option the canvas sides are available in Glacier Blue and Strawberry Red. The Coast model features a manually-operated pop-up roof with two side windows. Both models feature a new bed with a sprung base rather than a slatted frame. Down below in the living space there is another sleeping area. When folded out, the rear bench seat plus extension at the back creates a large bed. In both models, this area can now also be transformed into a lounger sofa: simply fold down the bench seat’s backrest and raise the bed extension at the very back up to the desired height – and hey presto, the interior transforms itself into a lounger for relaxing.

The California 6.1 is available with a 2.0-litre TDI engine with outputs of 150 PS and 199 PS. Both drive through a seven-speed DSG transmission as standard. The entry-level Coast model is available with a 150 PS engine only, with the Ocean coming with the additional option of a BiTDI 199 PS version. 4MOTION all-wheel drive can also be specified on the 199 PS engine. Both California 6.1 TDI engines fulfil the latest Euro 6d TEMP EAVP ISC emissions standard.

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