The all-new Volkswagen Crafter has been officially launched, with the van set to prove a worthy rival to popular vehicles such as the Fiat Ducato, the Ford Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter.
The UK’s largest used van retailer Van Monster has taken a look at why fleet drivers should be excited about the release of this new large panel van.
The 2017 Volkswagen Crafter represents a new start for Volkswagen
Before we delve into the design and characteristics of the 2017 Volkswagen Crafter, it is important to acknowledge just how the van is being manufactured.
This is because previous generations of the Crafter have been built alongside the Mercedes Sprinter at a factory in Germany. As a result, the pair have shared a body and platform.
However, that partnership has now concluded. As a result, the all-new VW Crafter is being built exclusively by Volkswagen at a new dedicated factory based in Poland and will include Volkswagen’s full range of standout technology.
Technology present in the 2017 VW Crafter
Volkswagen certainly hasn’t held back when it comes to packing technology into the all-new VW Crafter.
One of the highlights of this approach is that the Crafter will become the first large panel van to offer electric power steering. This development means that safety systems are able to actively intervene while the vehicle is being driven.
There’s plenty of driver assistance systems to be aware of on the 2017 VW Crafter too, including ESP with trailer stabilisation, adaptive cruise control, a post-collision braking feature, side wind assist functionality and a trailer assist system.
As well as these examples of active safety technology, the all-new Crafter also features passive safety systems in the form of a handy parking distance monitor, reversing camera and rear traffic alert system.
The 2017 Crafter is revolutionising lighting technology with LED headlights, cornering lights and a Light Assist system that all work to give the driver a clear view of the road ahead whatever the conditions.
The 2017 VW Crafter’s engines and drivetrains
When it comes to the technology present under the bonnet of the all-new VW Crafter, drivers will be pleased to hear that the large panel van comes complete with a brand-new 2.0-litre TDi engine that has been developed specifically for the Crafter.
This engine will be available in a choice of four power outputs — 102 PS, 122 PS, 140 PS and a bi-turbo TDI boasting 177 PS — with the selection dependent on which drive system you opt for. In this regards, drivers can choose from front, rear and all-wheel drive (the latter otherwise known as 4MOTION), as well as both manual and automatic transmission systems.
While we are on the topic of choice, please also be aware that the 2017 Crafter will also have a trio of body lengths and roof heights alike to select from.
The 2017 VW Crafter’s design has the driver in mind
Volkswagen has gone the extra mile when it comes to designing the all-new Volkswagen Crafter.
This is because the well-known German manufacturer has not only worked closely with their customers when shaping and designing the large panel van, but even accompanied vehicle users on their daily routines to get a clear idea on the demands that their businesses require.
All of this work has transferred across to a vehicle which boasts a standout level of quality and robustness. What’s more, the van’s maximum cargo capacity has been combined with its minimal external dimensions to create a vehicle that’s both solid and manoeuvrable.
The all-new Volkswagen Crafter will be released in the new year, though details about an exact launch date and prices are still to be revealed.