New Volkswagen California Beach brings added versatility

Family-orientated model offers a wealth of standard equipment


Volkswagen has introduced a new Beach variant of its popular California model for owners who need extra space and flexibility.

Set to go on sale later on this month with first deliveries in March next year, the Beach specification will be split into two distinct trims – Camper and Tour.

Both variants receive a manual pop-up roof, camping table with two folding chairs and 17-inch wheels. Both DAB radio and smartphone integration apps are included too, while each van will be driven by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine linked to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Tour models get five seats as standard, though there’s the option to increase this to six or seven. Volkswagen claims that this ability makes it the only camper on the market today which is capable of seating this many people.

Also fitted with sliding doors on both passenger and driver’s side, prices for the California Tour start from £52,062.

Then there’s the Camper, which has four seats as standard – though this can be optionally boosted up to five. With a full pull-out kitchen, the Camper is aimed at those who want a real home away from home. It includes a single gas hob, while a pull-out awning should help protect from the elements when sitting outside.

Prices for the Volkswagen California Beach Camper start from £52,302.

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