FWD, RWD, AWD, 4 base models, 3 lengths, 3 heights, four 2.0 TDI outputs - there's something for everyone.

After sketching out the 2017 Crafter at the beginning of the month, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has taken the wraps off its next-gen workhorse. While it may not look all that different compared to its predecessor, we’re actually dealing with “a completely new vehicle,” one that has a drag coefficient of 0.33 which is quite impressive for such a boxy shape, and it obviously improves efficiency.

It is going to be virtually impossible not to find a Crafter that will meet all of your needs, with VW planning to give customers the possibility to select from three lengths and three roof heights. In addition, the 2017 Crafter is going to be sold with a choice of front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive layouts, along with manual and automatic transmissions.

Forgive us if we giggle, but at the heart of VW's new Crafter is an updated, Euro 6-compliant 2.0-liter TDI engine codenamed "EA 288Nutz" (from "Nutzfahrzeuge" meaning "trucks") also found in the T6. It will be available in four power stages, kicking off with the entry-level 102 hp (75 kW), followed by 122 hp (90 kW), 140 hp (103 kW), and the 177 hp (130 kW) version which actually has an additional turbocharger.

A wide variety of safety and assistance systems are going to be offered, ranging from ESP (with trailer stabilization) to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). In the unfortunate event of a crash, the available post-collision braking system will help diminish the risks of inflicting more injuries following an impact. Very handy will prove to be the trailer maneuvering assistant system, while at night proper illumination will be provided by the LED headlights (with cornering function) and the Light Assist system.

Not only is the Crafter an all-new vehicle, but it’s going to be manufactured at a brand new purpose-built factory in Wrzesnia, Poland. There was a rumor at the beginning of last year about a U.S.-bound Crafter (and Caddy), but that was before the Dieselgate, so chances of actually happening seem slim right now.

Source: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

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