Volkswagen California continues to evolve

One of the most iconic and best-selling campervans in the industry, the Volkswagen California, continues to evolve with the launch of the California 6.1.

On the outside, this new version has been given a redesigned front end with more chrome strips on the grille and a new bumper design that sees the fog lights incorporated into the lower section.

Inside, the California 6.1 boasts an all-new camper control unit with touchscreen in the roof console – meaning that all camper functions of the vehicle can be controlled more quickly and more easily. Other driving features such as redesigned dash panel, digital cockpit, lane assist, park assist, side protection function, and trailer assist all make for a more pleasant experience.

There are two models of this new California: the Coast and the Ocean. Both versions are equipped with rear cupboards and a row of kitchen units made largely of lightweight aluminium. These fixtures, with a compact, clear design, have been further enhanced and equipped with new details such as an additional double USB socket. The kitchen doors feature new aluminium handles while new push buttons for the kitchen surface cover have also been introduced. The push buttons have been worked into the elegant aluminium edging of the row of kitchen units and operate smoothly.

As before, both versions of the California 6.1 feature a pop-up roof. The Ocean has an electro-hydraulic motor and large front opening as standard, which can be completely unzipped to facilitate sleeping under an open sky. Optimum protection from incoming light is provided by the pop-up roof’s now darker grey (Basalt Grey) canvas sides. As an option the canvas sides are available in Glacier Blue and Strawberry Red. The Coast model features a manually-operated pop-up roof with two side windows. Both models feature a new bed with a sprung base rather than a slatted frame. Down below in the living space there is another sleeping area. When folded out, the rear bench seat plus extension at the back creates a large bed. In both models, this area can now also be transformed into a lounger sofa: simply fold down the bench seat’s backrest and raise the bed extension at the very back up to the desired height – and hey presto, the interior transforms itself into a lounger for relaxing.