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Last week, VW Commercial Vehicles held its annual press conference to reveal its 2023 intentions. Instead of the ID. Buzz GTX and/or LWB teaser photos, we were expected to learn about a different boxy minivan. CEO Carsten Intra said that the Multivan T7 would get the camper treatment as a new California later this year. The “California Universe” will have additional camping models and improved owner support.
“With new camping models, we hope to broaden the selection surrounding the company and give our clients a taste of the unique California vibe. Digital services for the Cali Community, brand-new services to go along with buying a car, and the show car debut of the new California based on the Multivan are some of them. They are scheduled for later this year.”
The new camper’s specifications were not made public, but we anticipate that the rugged vehicle will be supplied with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor, a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a seven-speed DSG are all combined in the standard Multivan, which is built on the ubiquitous MQB platform. Moreover, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle offers the van with a 1.5 TSI, 2.0 TSI, and a 2.0 TDI engine.
At the press conference, Carsten Intra also disclosed that VW Commercial Vehicles is developing a next-generation electric Crafter and a plug-in hybrid Caddy (which has previously been spotted undergoing testing). A new Transporter workhorse that was jointly developed with Ford will debut in 2024.
The production-ready ID is also included. Buzz AD will be available in 2025, the same year that the Multivan will be followed by a California camper version of the all-electric van.
Despite having Ford roots, the Ranger-based Amarok, according to Carsten Intra, is now available at select dealers and is a “genuine Amarok.”
The extended wheelbase ID. Buzz, which is destined for the American market, will make its debut in June and start on sale there in 2024. This year is also predicted to see the debut of the 335 horsepower, dual-motor, all-wheel-drive GTX. AWD in a non-GTX variant is also a possibility.