The big van will be the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class.
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