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Volkswagen Transporter California 6.1 sketches revealed

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the first drawings and details of its new California T6.1 camper van which features enhanced living and sleeping areas.

The van, which will be launched at the Caravan-Salon show in Düsseldorf, Germany, at the end of August, is available with an optional digital instrument cluster, the first time the technology has been available on this model. The multifunctional camper control unit also now has a digital display.

An updated infotainment system features an integrated eSIM that allows for connecting to online services. Also, the driver assistance technology gets an extensive upgrade, with features like lane assist, side-wind compensation, and trailer assist.

The California 6.1 will be available with several versions of Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder, and the top trim will offer 196 bhp. Electro-mechanical power steering will replace the previous hydraulically assisted system. In addition the revamped California will get the updated nose from the Transporter 6.1.

The revised design includes slightly sharper styling and LED headlights while the rest of the styling retains the van’s familiar look. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled its new Transporter 6.1 at the construction machinery show Bauma 2019 in Munich, available as a panel van, a Kombi and as a single or double cab.