GLAMPING Volkswagen-style is now available for campers on a lower-budget with the launch of the new VW Caddy California campervan which is crammed full of ingenious seating, sleeping and storage solutions.
Based on the fifth-generation Caddy, the Caddy California completes VW's camper line-up and stands alongside the T6.1-based California and Crafter-based Grand California.
It features a new, foldable bed which is stored in the parcel shelf and opens out above the rear seats. There is seating for five, with the second row entirely removable for complete flexibility while a standalone tail-tent providing additional living space and sleeping compartment is available as an accessory.
A retractable mini-kitchen is included as standard, extending from the rear with single-burner cooker and an integrated gas bottle. There are clever stowage compartments housing cutlery, camper chairs and able. Interior blinds for the rear windows double up as window storage bags while integrated LED reading lights illuminate the passenger compartment and tailgate.
Air conditioning, power-adjustable wing mirrors and anti-theft alarm are included as standard. There's plenty of driver assistance technology including a driver alert system, lane assist, cruise control including speed limiter, front assist, and towing protection.
Standard spec also includes an 8.25-inch colour touch screen, black roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Order books will open in late May with prices starting at Â£29,965 for the entry-level SWB 1.5 TSI 114 PS powertrain and manual gearbox with the 2.0 TDI 122 PS 7-speed DSG automatic variant priced at Â£34,699. For those needing extra space there's also a Maxi version priced from Â£31,285.
There's also a California Plus pack, priced from Â£960, for those wanting a few extra home comforts while pitching up. It includes a front centre armrest with space for two drinks, a 230V inverter and three-pin UK domestic plug socket, dark tinted rear glass, two USB points, power latching on all doors to avoid waking your camping neighbours at night and LED rear combination lights.
Happy camping indeed!