Our spies have caught on camera the 2017 Volkswagen Crafter undergoing testing which didn’t go as planned since two prototypes had a later collision, causing one of the vehicles to lose its mirror.
Our spies have caught on camera the 2017 Volkswagen Crafter undergoing testing which didn't go as planned since two prototypes had a later collision, causing one of the vehicles to lose its mirror.
While the outgoing Crafter is manufactured by Mercedes-Benz at the Ludwigsfelde and Düsseldorf factories in Germany where the Sprinter is also assembled, the new one spotted here testing will be made by Volkswagen at a newly established plant in Wrzesnia, Poland where production will begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.
This is a van version carrying extensive white camouflage on the front fascia and the taillights to hide the design changes which will be derived from those of the latest Transporter. Expect to see wider headlights and a large horizontal grille while the interior cabin could get a new layout believed to be more similar to a regular passenger car.
We remind you Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn said at the beginning of this year they are analyzing the prospects of bringing the next generation Crafter to United States along with the Caddy.
It's not known at this point whether the diesel scandal will affect the Crafter's launch, but Volkswagen could decide to postpone the model's introduction in order to make sure the diesel engines are entirely legal.