Flagship van gets on-demand AWD option for added capability on and off the tarmac, asking for $4500 over front-drive variants.
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The new-generation Volkswagen Crafter TDI410 4Motion has been priced and specified for Australia, starting at $57,590 plus on-road costs.

Commanding a $4500 price increase over equivalent front-wheel drive variants, the Crafter 4Motion adds another layer of versatility in the form of its on-demand all-wheel drive system.

Volkswagen says the Crafter 4Motion be available in all body types – medium- and long-wheelbase van, along with long-wheelbase single- and dual-cab chassis – with just one powertrain option.

Being the 'TDI410' model, the Crafter 4Motion is powered by a transversely-mounted 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel making 130kW and 410Nm. Drive is sent to an on-demand all-wheel drive system via a six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes front and side airbags, autonomous emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, driver fatigue monitoring, and crosswind assist.

Available options include park assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a mechanical diff lock, and hill descent assist.

Thanks to the company's experience in the fleet space, the Crafter 4Motion will also feature a customer-specific function control unit (CFCU) with 'bodybuilder programming' as standard, along with an available telematics preparation that can integrate the van into an organisation's existing fleet management system.

Like the wider range, the Crafter 4Motion is covered by Volkswagen Australia's five year/unlimited kilometre warranty, with the availability of the Volkswagen Care Plan which incorporates scheduled servicing and roadside assistance for a given period.

Pricing starts at $1400 for the three-year plan, climbing to $2300 for five years. The free roadside assistance is "conditional on observing the service schedule".

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