Volkswagen has teased the updated California campervan with two sketches, ahead of a debut at the Caravan-Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany at the end of next month.
Following the reveal of the ‘T6.1’ Transporter, Multivan and Caravelle range in February, the refreshed California looks to get the same design tweaks as its siblings, adapted to its lifestyle focus.
Changes will include revised designs for the front grille, headlights and bumper, the latter incorporating a new fog-light design, too.
The vehicle in the sketches also appears to be wearing large alloy wheels with the ‘Suzuka’ design borrowed from R-Line versions of the T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg SUVs. It’s unclear what size they’ll be if they feature on the updated camper, though, given they measure 19 to 21 inches depending on the SUV model they’re fitted to.
Inside, it’s said the living and sleeping areas of the California have been “carefully enhanced and optimised”, while the multifunctional control unit in the roof has been “redesigned and digitalised”.
Like other T6.1 models, the refreshed California should offer the latest in driver assistance and infotainment technologies, including a 10.25-inch Active Info Display, the latest MIB3 infotainment system with touch screens up to 9.2 inches and wireless Apple CarPlay functionality, along with lane-keep assist, semi-autonomous park assist, and autonomous emergency braking.
The inclusion of a new electromechanical power steering system allows for the aforementioned Lane Assist, as well as Trailer Assist and a side-wind compensation system.
Power will come from a 2.0 TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel, with “up to 146kW” of power, with further details to come at the reveal.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Kurt McGuinness, PR and brand experience manager for Volkswagen’s local division, said: “We are always interested in expanding our range of camper models given their popularity with customers, but do not have anything specifically in the pipeline at this stage”.
The current model (pictured above) isn’t offered Down Under, though given the German brand’s decision to introduce the Caddy Beach recently, that could change at some point in the future.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the California’s reveal at the end of August.