After teasing the new Crafter in virtual reality, Volkswagen is finally unveiling the upcoming van’s look in a series of renderings. For this larger model, the designers adapt design cues from the latest Transporter but make the parts a little bigger. Despite the ample size, VW claims the Crafter’s 0.33 drag coefficient is the best in its class. The hauler goes on sale in Europe this fall.
The styling similarities between the Crafter and Transporter are unmistakable. Both have a broad grille that connects to the headlights. However, the Crafter has three slats across the front, rather than two on the smaller van. The top edge of this pair’s headlights also creates a line that runs all the way down the side of the body.
While we don’t get to see the interior in these renderings, potential customers should have high expectations. VW sent its employees to follow current owners at work, and then the engineers tried to make the vehicle even more user friendly. VW still hasn't discussed powertrains for the Crafter.
While Mercedes builds the current van, VW is moving production in-house for the upcoming Crafter. A new plant in Wrzesnia, Poland, is now handling assembly. Before the diesel scandal, rumors suggested VW might bring the Crafter to the United States, but we haven’t heard anything that possibility in a while. Given that the company simplified its American lineup for the 2017 model year, product planners likely canceled plans for the Crafter in the U.S, we suspect.
Source: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Gallery: Volkswagen Crafter Renderings
THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN CRAFTER: DESIGNED WITH CUSTOMERS
01/07/16 from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Functional: new exterior and interior design
Best in Class: lowest drag coefficient in its class
Optimum workplace space
Hannover, 1 July 2016 – The first sketches of the new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Crafter, which is due to be launched this autumn, have been revealed today. Clearly displaying Volkswagen’s design DNA and conceived as the ‘big brother’ of the T-series, the all-new Crafter promises innovation, plus a high level of functionality and quality.
The new Crafter is a completely new vehicle. Experts at Volkswagen Commercial vehicles have worked closely with current customers, frequently accompanying them during their daily routines, to explore their needs and find out their visions of what they wanted the new Crafter to be, allowing them to help shape the new generation.
This is now reflected in both the function and design: the approach, according to Albert-Johann Kirzinger, Head of Design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN), was thoroughly analytical: "In the commercial vehicle sector especially, design has got to work for lots of different customer groups."
At 0.33, the new Crafter has a best in class drag coefficient; and inside it combines great everyday practicality with optimum cargo space. The new design language shown on the Crafter will continue across all new commercial vehicle derivatives and models.
Kirzinger adds: “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' T-series, the 'Bulli', is effectively being given a 'big brother' through the introduction of the new Crafter. With the Crafter, a level of surface quality, robustness and at the same time high qualitative value are achieved that have never before been available in this commercial vehicle class.”
More details will be published in due course.