California is the quintessential camper. Sold since 1988, when Westfalia made its change from the T3 Transporter -although, before, they were also made in the T1 or T2, they still did not have the California surname-, its different generations which model followed. one by one. In this way, there are California versions of the T4, T5 and T6 and, in all cases, with modifications that include, in some cases, a pop-up roof with a bed and, always , a kitchen attached to one of them. side, back, back seat…
Now, if the California-based Transporter 6 and commercially launched by Volkswagen in 2014 is still sold, the brand shows the Concept of California aims to predict in a reliable way what generation of this camper will be sold starting next year.
One of the innovations is in its plug-in hybrid propulsion system -other engines will also be maintained-, so that for the first time a high level of electrification is used in it and that is added to the use of 12-volt lithium-ion batteries as a power source for its equipment.
For the first time in the history of this model, the California has two side doors. This is done because, although previously the kitchen was extended from the B-pillar, it is now delayed, a concept already used in the Grand California. In addition, the prototype is equipped with two side awnings, which is another innovation, which allows the living area to be extended outside. These awnings are stored in their homes and can be deployed manually on the fly.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles provides the front seats with the possibility to pivot 180º, so that the interior can be changed easily, while The backers now, instead of one continuous bank, are also two individuals. It also makes it easier to carry things like tables or bicycles inside and, in addition, these back seats can be converted into beds.
California 2024 will continue the kitchen with a sink, induction hob or refrigerator, elements that are now accessible from the outside, as well as food storage areas: so, for example, it is easier to store them directly from the shopping cart.
The redistribution of space allows the situation of a removable toilet or the situation of a greater number of storage areas, including those under the seats. The California Concept has adjustable ambient lighting on the roof frame that can also be extended to the arms of the awnings.
As for the roof lift, it is made of aluminum with three layers of canvas on its sides. and front area. It has side windows and is equipped with plugs and led lights as elements of this bedroom. The lifting mechanism is controlled from a screen located in the C-pillar cabinet, where it is also possible to control the clean and waste water tanks, the lighting, the electrical system, the refrigerator or additional heating.
All of this can also be controlled from a smartphone with an application called Cali on Tour or from the screen of the infotainment equipment. From here it is also possible to access a camper leveling function.