Volkswagen has revealed a new version of its iconic camper — the California 6.1. This version builds on the California 6 with a whole host of new features both inside and out the car.
Hopping into the cabin, what’s immediately clear is a new control unit that’s said to make campsite life even easier than before. Placed in the overhead console, this new setup is a larger, full-colour touchscreen that’s packed with functions.
For example, the cooler box and lights are able to be controlled by the unit, alongside other features like the California’s pop-up roof and various heating elements that feature in high-spec variants of the camper.
Continuing this digital theme is the new optional inclusion of Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit setup — bringing an LED display in place of traditional dials and gauges. Two infotainment options are also available, either an eight-inch or 9.2-inch screen.
Other interior upgrades include new push buttons for opening up the kitchen surface, new sliding doors in place of shutters for the rear cupboard and a host of new woodgrain options. The California 6.1 is said to have comfier beds than before, with the addition of a sprung base for the high bed.
For top-spec Ocean models, a handful of exterior changes have been made — namely a tweaked grille that forms a single unit with fresh LED daytime running lights alongside new chrome elements. Mechanical changes are minimal, though the steering has moved from a hydraulic setup to electro-mechanical in a bid to improve ease of use.
The new Volkswagen California 6.1 will make a public debut at the Caravan Salon show in Dusseldorf, Germany, at the end of August.