Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed details of its second-generation Volkswagen Crafter van with a new interior and assistance systems.
The design sketches show the focal point of the upgrade to be a redesigned cockpit featuring a state-of-the-art infotainment system with new 10.3-inch infotainment display or the option of a 12.9-inch version.
Based on VW's latest modular infotainment matrix (MIB), it also incorporates digital insturment clusters to provide drivers with various views and customisable displays via a multifunction steering wheel.
The cockpit also gets a new electronic parking brake, multifunction steering wheel, and a drive selector lever inspired by the ID. Buzz model.
Karsten Franz, head of technical development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: "We have updated the Crafter’s electronics architecture to integrate the next-generation infotainment, assist, and convenience systems into the successful model. This means the Crafter will remain the most advanced commercial vehicle model series in its class."
The new infotainment system features a visually free-standing display with a newly developed graphic interface, self-explanatory menu navigation, and a range of touch sliders for easy control of various functions. The addition of a Car Control Centre allows direct access to essential vehicle functions without closing active apps. The 2024 Volkswagen Crafter will also introduce a new online voice control system that responds to natural voice commands. The interior redesign extends to the electronic parking brake and selector lever, providing more space and improved access in the vehicle.
Upgrade includes new assist systems, such as a blind spot information system, moving-off information system, oncoming vehicle braking when turning function, Front Assist, Lane Assist, Dynamic Road Sign Display, speed limiter, and acoustic Park Distance Control for the rear area. The optional Travel Assist combines Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Assist for enhanced safety and convenience on long journeys.
The revamped Crafter will continue its tradition of offering a diverse range of body types, weight classes, wheelbases, overall lengths, roof heights, and drive options. The efficient and high-torque four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines will deliver 103 kW (140 PS), 120 kW (163 PS), and 130 kW (177 PS). Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles aims to meet a variety of customer and body requirements, offering both light duty and heavy-duty options.
Pre-sales of the upgraded Crafter are set to commence in Europe in April 2024, followed by releases in other markets, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.
The new model represents a significant step forward in the evolution of one of the most modern commercial vehicles on the market, setting new standards in technology, design, and functionality.