The 2018 Volkswagen Crafter Runner has arrived in Australia, starting at $48,490 before on-road costs.

Available in both medium- and long-wheelbase bodies ($51,990), the Crafter Runner is the first version of the all-new van to arrive Down Under, with the wider range to slowly make its way to Australia.

Headlining the generational upgrades is an all-new platform developed in-house, where the last version shared components with models from Mercedes-Benz.

The floor sill has also been lowered by 100mm for easier loading, while also reducing the step-up into the vehicle along with wear and tear.

Meanwhile, the Crafter Runner comes equipped as standard with city-speed autonomous emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Other features include front, side and curtain airbags, hill-start assist, crosswind assist, driver fatigue monitor, daytime-running lights, 16-inch steel wheels with full-size spare, 'Austin' cloth seats, two 12V sockets in the dashboard, and a multi-function steering wheel.

Powering Volkswagen's largest van is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel putting out 103kW of power at 3500rpm and 340Nm of torque at 2000rpm.

Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Only one colour is available - Candy White - and there are no options listed.

The Volkswagen Crafter Runner is on sale now, with the wider range to launch in April.

2018 Volkswagen Crafter pricing

Runner MWB (std roof) - $48,490
Runner LWB (high roof) - $51,990

All prices exclude on-road costs