Volkswagen set to launch cleaner Crafter model

Volkswagen will launch a cleaner version of the Crafter large van this year following the vehicle’s first appearance at the Commercial Vehicle Show.

Volkswagen will introduce its latest 2.0 TDI engine across the range, with the more efficient engine allowing comparable power outputs with the current line-up, but lower fuel consumption and emissions.

The company expects the new 2.0 TDI to set new class standards for emissions and running costs in the large van sector, with early engine data suggesting the new Crafter could produce emissions from as low as 195 g/km.

The 2.0 TDI is already available in the Transporter, Caddy and new Amarok pick-up truck, and could reduce CO2 emissions in the Crafter by up to 33%.

Later this year, Volkswagen BlueMotion Technology combined with a stop/start system and battery regeneration is also expected to be introduced for the new Crafter. Weight savings from the new engines, along with other technical modifications, will allow payload increases.

Changes to the exterior of the new Crafter are limited to the front grille which is refreshed in line with the modern Volkswagen design DNA to emphasis its horizontal lines. The interior will feature various modifications to details including new upholstery and redesigned instruments.

“The Crafter is already great to drive, has plenty of carrying ability with good environmental credentials, so enhancements to running costs and payloads are guaranteed to prove very successful and attract new customers,” said Matthew Bowden, head of operations at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Prices and full UK specifications will be confirmed before the launch of the new Crafter this summer.

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