The next-generation Volkswagen Crafter has been unveiled ahead of its debut in Australia late next year.

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Available in three different lengths and with the choice of three roof heights, the new van uses a new platform and, unlike the current van, is unrelated to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Under the bonnet, the next-generation Crafter uses a new 2.0-litre EA288 Nutz turbo-diesel engine that was especially developed for the van. Volkswagen says the new TDI motor is "extremely reliable", and has been designed to "ensure downtime is never a problem".

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The single turbo version will be available in three different states of tune — 75kW, 90kW, and 103kW — while the twin-turbo version pumps out 130kW of power and headlines the range.

Buyers can choose between front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive versions of the new Crafter, as well as manual and automatic transmissions.

Inside the cabin, the Crafter can specified with dual-zone climate control air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, and the company's latest touchscreen infotainment and navigation system.

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Available safety features include stability control with trailer stabilisation, adaptive cruise control, sidewind compensation system, trailer manoeuvring assistance, reversing camera, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alerts, LED headlights, cornering light, and lighting assistance.

Australia

The new Crafter range will go on sale in Australia in stages from the second half of 2017. The next-generation Crafter will be built at a newly built factory in Wrzesnia, Poland.