Volkswagen Crafter pick-up The Car Expert
Pick-up conversions are now available to Volkswagen Crafter fans.

The core Volkswagen Crafter range has been expanded, with several new models joining the panel vans launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.

Alongside the already available front-wheel-drive vans with gross vehicle weights of up to 3.5 tonnes and a three-way engine choice, the Crafter range now also caters for buyers needing greater capacity. Maximum gross vehicle weight increases to five tonnes, while rear and all-wheel-drive transmissions are now also available in the line-up.

Also newly added are open-body variants. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is now offering  Luton, dropside, tipper or other specialist vehicles through its Recognised Converter scheme, potentially greatly expanding the Crafter’s potential customer base.

The Crafter launched with a manual gearbox but buyers can also now specify an automatic version, an eight-speed unit which VW says is the first of its type available in the Crafter’s class.

Prices for the Crafter start from £24,640 (excluding VAT) for the basic panel van. Models with eight-speed auto gearboxes cost from £30,385, rear-wheel-drive variants from £30,590 and £34,145 for all-wheel-drive.

Volkswagen says that orders for the new models taken now will be delivered before the end of the year and further range expansion is planned for 2018. This will include the addition of a 122hp diesel engine, slotting into the range alongside the current 102, 140 and 177hp powertrain options.

Volkswagen Crafter The Car Expert
New transmissions and new body options feature in the expanded Volkswagen Crafter range.
Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.