UK pricing and specification has been revealed, although only a limited number of model versions are available from launch. Three trim levels will be offered; Startline, Trendline and Highline, which brings the Crafter into alignment with the Caddy and Transporter models. Three vehicle lengths are available and the panel van version will have a choice of three different roof heights.
All Crafter models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, available in four power outputs. There are also front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options available, and a choice of manual and automatic transmission.
At this time, only front-wheel drive manual panel vans are available to order. All other versions will be added over the course of 2017.
The entry-level Startline trim panel van starts at £23,920 on-road (excluding VAT). The basic model comes with a crosswind assist system, a driver alert system and Bluetooth integration.
The mid-spec Trendline increases the price by £1,350 (plus VAT), which brings autonomous emergency braking, cruise control with speed limiter, electric wing mirrors, DAB digital radio, multi-function steering wheel, an upgraded driver’s seat and a wooden floor in the load area.
The Highline model adds a further £3,950 (plus VAT), which includes adaptive cruise control, passenger airbag, front and rear parking sensors, a heated windscreen, fog lights and an even more comfortable driver’s seat.
Customer deliveries of the new Volkswagen Crafter are expected to start in May.