The timing is impeccable during ongoing climate change protests in London.
The new vehicle, which will debut at The Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show 2019 next week, features a windscreen made from 'unbreakable' plastic and new side windows, as well as a prison cell in the rear, a bespoke racking solution for riot gear, and room for seven people.
That tougher windscreen, made from 'Kasiglas', also negates the need for metal bars across the windscreen, reducing weight and improving visibility.
The conversion was done by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Accredited Blue Light Conversion Partner Coleman Milne Specialist Vehicles in Wigan, and uses the five tonne, long wheelbase Volkswagen Crafter in Trendline trim as the base vehicle. Power comes from Volkswagen's 2.0-litre 175 bhp diesel engine.
"We’re delighted to reveal our latest blue light conversion – a riot van based on the long wheelbase Volkswagen Crafter – after months of hard work by our dedicated team alongside our Accredited Blue Light Conversion Partner, Coleman Milne," said Steven Cowell, Technical Sales Manager at Volkswagen Group Fleet Services. "Following its much anticipated debut at the CV Show 2019, the PSU will be put into service across the country supporting police forces in their vital roles."
The Volkswagen Crafter PSU will be on display on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ stand at the CV Show 2019, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from April 30 to May 2. It will then be made available for loan and trials to police forces across the country.