The all-new version of the Volkswagen California camper van is priced from £37,657 to £54,957 and will go on sale in August

Volkswagen has announced pricing for the all-new version of its California camper van ahead of order books opening on 3 August.

The entry-level Beach model is priced from £37,657 to £41,515, while Ocean versions start at £47,840 and go up to £54,975.

The new California is based on the new Volkswagen Transporter and gets the more efficient engine line-up, improved equipment, a new infotainment platform and the option of adaptive suspension for the first time.

It is unique in being the only factory-produced camper van on the market and more than 100,000 have found homes since the model was introduced in 1988.

As before, California comes in two versions although the naming conventions have changed. The California Beach remains as an entry-level product with just a basic furniture set that converts into a bed and a pop-up elevating roof.

The higher spec California SE is replaced by the California Ocean, which features a full kitchen, 42-litre fridge and automatic elevating roof.

Volkswagen claim efficiency improvements of up to 15%. Engines available for the new range include the 2.0 TDI in three different outputs, starting at 101bhp, and also including 148bhp and 201bhp versions. Four-wheel drive and DSG automatic versions are also offered.

Both the Transporter T6 and California feature a Driver Alert system which detects behaviour consistent with tiredness and recommends taking a break.

Brake Assist registers the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed and helps ensure the most efficient braking possible is applied and the Post-Collision Braking System helps ensure safety in the event of an accident by slowing the vehicle down to prevent follow up accidents.

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19 June 2015
Is this just a facelift of the existing model?

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