Volkswagen has introduced the campervan California XXL to trade show audiences in Germany, and people are really loving the large recreational vehicle. As its name implies, the California XXL is a large campervan that has everything a road traveler could ever wish for, plus a roof that lets you view the stars or perhaps the Northern Lights from the bed.
The VW California is built on the large Crafter van body. It is quite big for a vehicle that is still called a van: almost three meters tall and over six meters long. It means more space and more features into the living space of the van.
2.2 meters standing room inside is more than enough even for tall travelers. The beds are two meters long. In the kitchen, you can find two 50-litre fridges and a two meter-long worktop. There’s also a freezer, a gas cooker and a dining table with seats for four. Toilet and shower are included in the van as well.
The California XXL is equipped with the 2.0 TDI 177PS Crafter diesel engine. It also has 4Motion 4WD, and pneumatic suspension that can be used to level the vehicle on a campsite.
Volkswagen has introduced the campervan as a concept model only, but the vehicle is ready for the road with all the specifications ironed out, which indicates it is likely to be available in 2018. Since VW hasn’t officially launched the model, it doesn’t have a price tag. The California XXL is a high-end campervan, which means we can expect the price to reflect that.
Nonetheless, it is easy to understand why the California XXL is so attractive: it has all the features and more, there is space to stay inside if the weather is lousy, and it looks nice.
A campervan as big and heavy as the VW California XXL will benefit from the four-wheel drive it comes with. Without 4WD, it could be uncomfortable and perhaps even risky to drive outside paved roads.
The California XXL is a very different recreational vehicle concept than, say, campervans built on the VW Transporter body. Whereas the smaller vehicle is easy and comfortable to drive on all kinds of roads, the large campervan needs space for maneuvering it, and as a heavy vehicle requires balanced and steady handling.