Volkswagen presented a house on wheels California XXL 2018

In August 2017, at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Volkswagen introduced the conceptual van California XXL, which is a real home on wheels. Working on a prototype, the Germans set themselves the task of making a car, ideal for travel. To do this, they decided to take the Volkswagen Crafter 2 generation as a basis with an average wheelbase (3,640 mm). This machine is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with a power of 177 hp. and has a four-wheel drive. On the body of VW California XXL installed a special superstructure, because of which the prototype was 102 mm higher than the highest modification of the Crafter in the performance of Super High Roof. Plus on the stern, there is a functional protrusion with a length of 250 mm. In the rear of the showroom of the conceptual van there is a convertible double bed measuring 2.0 by 1.7 meters, and under the roof, there is a special compartment designed for two teenagers. The central section of the cab is transformable, which allowed the Germans to find a place under the kitchen with a gas stove, a sink and two small refrigerators of 50 liters each. When folded, the kitchen area occupies only 1,100 mm in width, while it can be expanded up to 2,050 mm. In good weather, passengers can have a snack outside by placing a folding table behind the sliding rear door, beneath which is a compartment with folding chairs and portable barbecue grill from Weber. There is also a toilet in the cabin, the device of which deserves a separate conversation. In the inactive state, the “wet zone” is a regular locker with a depth and width of 60 cm. To use the toilet, it is necessary to pull by the handle, thereby pushing the compartment into the interior for another 60 cm, with part of the floor being shifted into a special depression. Downstairs there is a toilet, above which there is a folding sink with a pull-out faucet. Even higher is the locker for accessories, and at the very top, there is a shower. Interestingly, the roof section can be opened using the application for the smartphone. In sunny weather, the Volkswagen California XXL is bright thanks to a panoramic roof length of 3,700 mm and a width of 1,100 mm. In the rest of the time, lighting is provided by fixtures with programmable color. Comfortable movement is provided by a pneumatically adjustable suspension, while the passengers are provided with an audio system, a video projector, numerous glove boxes, as well as sockets for 200 V and USB connectors. Also in equipping the prototype California XXL, there are capacities for 140 liters of clean and 90 liters of wastewater, an additional heater, a boiler, an air conditioner and a 37-liter gas cylinder located under the bottom. It is not yet known whether Volkswagen will decide on the release of the production version of such a van.

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