Volkswagen has revealed first sketches and details of its new California 6.1 campervan.

The update covers many aspects of the camper, inside and out:

  • completely redesigned front end
  • interior of camper van has been enhanced
  • multifunctional camper control unit in the roof console has been redesigned and digitalised
  • new assistance systems enhance safety and comfort
  • new generation of infotainment with integrated eSIM opens up the world of mobile online services
  • digital instruments are available for the first time with the Digital Cockpit

More than 18,000 Californias are sold per year, making it the number one campervan and a true all-rounder, ideal for big trips and daily journeys.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has further refined the top seller, with both the living and sleeping areas of the camper van carefully enhanced and optimised.

Furthermore, the driver and front passenger sit in front of a redesigned dashboard including new instruments (analogue or as an option digital for the first time) and new online infotainment systems.

Like the Multivan 6.1 revealed earlier this year, the California 6.1 features electro-mechanical power steering.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is giving the camper numerous new assistance systems, for example “Lane Assist”, Side Protection and “Trailer Assist”, which makes light work of manoeuvring with a trailer.

In addition, a side-wind compensation system makes travelling in the California 6.1 even safer.

The new California T6.1 will be launched with highly efficient 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines with outputs of up to 146kW.

The new camper generation will celebrate its world premiere at the end of August at the Caravan-Salon in Düsseldorf.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.