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Volkswagen Crafter pricing details have been released ahead of the new model reaching customers later this summer.

Order books for the Volkswagen Crafter Commerce and Volkswagen Crafter Commerce Plus models are now open with first customer deliveries expected in mid-August.

Prices will start from £45,660 for the Commerce trim and £52,704 for the Commerce Plus.

New standard driver assist systems on the Crafter included Front Assist (Autonomous Emergency Braking including Cyclist and Pedestrian Monitoring), Lane Assist, Dynamic Road Sign Display, a speed limiter and rear parking sensors – also known as Park Distance Control.

Travel Assist will be available as an option for the Crafter for the first time, as will Emergency Assist. 

The exterior of the van remains largely unchanged but the interior has been revamped with a new dashboard. This now includes more connectivity options.

On the inside of the new Crafter there is a now a new Composition Colour 10.4-inch infotainment screen with App-Connect, an integrated eSIM and mobile online services.

The Crafter also gets wireless smartphone charging and USB-C connections and there’s the option of a Discover Media satellite navigation system which adds a larger 12.9-inch colour touch-screen.

There’s a redesigned steering wheel, and the electronic handbrake switch and gear selector for the optional automatic gearbox have also been redesigned and relocated.

Controls for the light functions, the heating and ventilation controls and all the air vents have been changed too.

The Crafter will be available in three body lengths and four roof heights. Commerce trim models can be specified as a medium wheelbase with a high roof or long wheelbase with a high roof configurations. The Commerce Plus models will come as either a Maxi long wheelbase with high roof, while there’s also the option for special orders of the low roof and super high roof options.

A total of three gross weight weights will be available with CR30 (3,000kg GVW) models available exclusively with front-wheel drive and a 140PS 2-litre TDI engine paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The CR35 (3,500kg GVW) adds the option of a 177PS 2-litre TDI with either front-wheel drive or 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

CR35 can also be ordered with a middle power outputs of 163PS 2-litre TDI powering the rear wheels. This engine and drivetrain layout is also the only option for the Crafter CR50 (5,000kg GVW) which can also have the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.

There are currently no plans for a new version of the Volkswagen e-Crafter which will likely be relaunched when the next generation of vans is produced by VW in 2028.

Crafter Commerce spec

Crafter Commerce Plus spec

Crafter CR50 Commerce and Commerce Plus spec

Volkswagen has announced that it will make a new generation of the Volkswagen Crafter large van starting in 2028.

The new model will use a brand new platform made by Volkswagen, ending speculation about the relationship with Ford and a shared platform large van.

It will form part of the new SPACE family of vehicles that Volkswagen intends to develop and will be based on the Volkswagen Group SSP platform. This will see a new wave of B and C segment vehicles launched with both cargo and passenger versions.

“For the first time in our history we will be building out own scalable commercial vehicle platform,” explained VWCV CEO Carsten Intra.

“Based on the group SSP platform we will use it to develop vehicles in the B and C segments. The Space family, for people and for goods. We have great expectations in terms of this new development. On the one hand we are strengthening our commercial vehicle expertise, but also gaining planning certainty, way into the next decade.”

Intra implied that the new models would be manufactured at sites in both Germany and Poland, giving more certainty to the future of the current Crafter factory in Września, Poland as a commercial vehicle manufacturing site. The SPACE family of vehicles will all be electrified, with the SPACE name having previously been used for the ID SPACE VIZZION concept, a family car shown in 2019. The first vehicle in the Space family will be an all electric Crafter van. Volkswagen have previously sold a Volkswagen e-Crafter, although it was never produced in right-hand-drive for the UK market.

“With the SPACE programme we are supporting the three major dimensions of sustainability in the long term. Environmental protection, social responsibility and corporate profitability,” Intra added.

The SPACE line-up will also help contribute to achieving a BEV share of more than 55% by 2030.  

“By 2025 we want to supply the VWCV production sites with 100% green electricity and by the end of 2025 reduce the environmental impact of our production by more than half compared to 2010. We’re rethinking commercial vehicles and providing planning stability well into the next decade,” Insta said.

He added: "Our strategy is that we want to fill our plants with EV-specialised vehicles. The next step is coming in in 2028 with the two tonne [Crafter], and then we will develop more."

Speaking at a briefing after Volkswagen's annual results in which VWCV posted record profits, Intra also said VW will launch a fully autonomous passenger moving services in 2026 with its partners and expect to launch a special vehicle in the early next part of the decade to grow their autonomous brand.

Volkswagen, yesterday, revealed the first details of the latest Crafter which will get an extensive interior refresh when it goes on sale later this year.

Ahead of the reveal of the new Volkswagen Crafter, VW has shown the revisions to the large van's interior.

The cabin of the van has been completely redesigned and get the latest version of the Volkswagen Group infotainment system.

New features include a Digital Cockpit with multifunction steering wheel as well as an electronic parking brake. There will also be a number of new assistance systems including the integration of ChatGPT. Volkswagen says it is part of an extensive software and hardware update for the van.

The new Crafter will come with digital instruments as standard with a 10.3-inch display on the base level vehicles. A larger 12.9-inch infotainment display, based on the latest modular infotainment matrix (MIB) will be an option. The Crafter will also get a new online voice control system for many of the vehicle's functions. ChatGPT integration will allow the van to respond to natural voice commands.

Other more physical changes include the handbrake and the switch for the automatic gearbox both being redesigned along with the controls for the lights. There's also new buttons in the centre console and redesigned air vents.

A greater range of standard and optional assist systems will also feature. New Crafter models will get Front Assist (Autonomous Emergency Braking including Cyclist and Pedestrian Monitoring), Lane Assist (lane keeping system), Dynamic Road Sign Display, a speed limiter and acoustic Park Distance Control for the rear area all as standard. While the Travel Assist system will be available as an option for the first time on the Crafter.

The apperance of the new cabin has already broken cover after Volkswagen Group sister-company MAN revealed its version of the TGE interior.

Pre-sales of the new Volkswagen Crafter will start in mid-April.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a new Engineered To Go conversion for the Crafter Luton van, featuring the Palfinger V500LQ tail lift, which is now available as a model in its own right.

The new off-the-shelf model of the Crafter Luton van from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles includes the Palfinger V500LQ tail lift, which has a 500kg lifting capacity on an aluminium load platform and is operated via dual controls on both the interior and exterior.

The off-the-shelf model means that customers no longer need to option the tail lift, with the standard-fit typically increasing residual values from £600 to £1,000. The Crafter Luton tail lift conversion is built on Volkswagen's chassis cab, which allows the van to be easily and safely adapted into multiple variations, including Dropside, Tipper, and Luton. The Palfinger V500LQ tail lift provides a 500kg lifting capacity on an aluminium load platform and is operated via dual controls on both the interior and exterior.

The Volkswagen Crafter chassis cab from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles can seat up to three people in its standard configuration, or up to seven people with the double cab option, both equipped with three-point seat belts and adjustable head restraints. The chassis cab comes in Startline trim, which includes features like Bluetooth, a full-size spare wheel, a 75-litre fuel tank, and driver assistance systems like Driver Alert and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking to enhance safety.

Customers can also choose to add the optional Business Pack, which includes air conditioning and an anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection, among other features, starting from £1,380 (excluding VAT).

Additionally, the Crafter Dropside, Tipper, and Luton have been completed by Volkswagen's Premium Recognised Partner, Ingimex, and are available as off-the-shelf products through the Engineered To Go programme. This programme ensures the highest build quality, a three-year warranty, and certification to the latest standards.

The new off-the-shelf model, which starts from £45,690 excluding VAT.

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