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Volkswagen Australia confirm new California beach campervan

The Advertiser 2020-02-13 01:32:00

The time has come to plan your ultimate Aussie road trip.

Volkswagen has announced it is bringing its latest campervan to Australia.

Head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia Ryan Davies said the company has answered fans and customers demands for a factory-backed weekender.

“We’re ecstatic to be bringing the Kombi Van back to Oz,” said Davies.

However, the “Kombi camper” is actually the new version of the company’s Transporter van and is more a spiritual successor to the Kombi of old.

The original Kombi was axed in its last market, Brazil, in 2013 as new safety regulations demanded all new vehicle had airbags and anti-lock brakes.

Named the Transporter California Beach the camper van will land in Australia in the third quarter of 2020, just in time for next summer’s holiday road trip.

VW will reveal details of the California closer to the vehicle’s launch date. But the previous version sold overseas features five seats and two double beds, the second in the pop-up roof. The previous version also had an exterior awning and plenty of handy storage areas but no cooking or water storage facilities, meaning it was better suited to short stints at campsites rather than stays at secluded locations.

The new version could be powered by the Transporter’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine (110kW/340Nm) paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto driving all four wheels.

The California Beach will also receive a big safety upgrade with auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert.

Volkswagen also has an electric version of the Kombi in the works. The electric people-mover is called the I.D. Buzz and is part of the German maker’s electric strategy which will spawn a multitude of zero-emissions vehicles during the next decade.

Originally published as Volkswagen ‘Kombi camper’ returns