Volkswagen California 6.1 Beach Announced

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Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles division has confirmed the California 6.1 Beach. Here's what we know so far about the cool campervan. 

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says demand for its California models has increased in 2020. Understandable, given how the world has changed in light of the pandemic. What a perfect way to escape and social distance than taking your partner to a remote location and setting up camp in a fully-equipped campervan?

The UK division of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says its California 6.1 Beach will be offered in 2 levels of trim: Camper and Tour, and will be going on sale at the end of October 2020. South African van fans can be happy that VWSA told us at the launch of the new 6.1 Transporter range that the new California 6.1 Beach is likely to arrive in 2021. 

UK spec suggests both the Camper and Tour will feature a manual pop-up hydraulic roof, 17-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio with App Connect and a camping table with two folding chairs. The Tour model has 5 seats as standard, but there is the option of increasing this to 6 or 7. This model also features sliding doors on both the passenger and driver's sides. The Camper model boasts 4 seats as standard, as well as the mini kitchen that features a single gas hob as well as a pull-out awning. SA spec is yet to be confirmed and as soon as we hear more, we'll update. 

In terms of engines, we're expecting the same motor found in the recently locally-launched Caravelle 6.1. As we said in our launch review, the new 2.0-litre bi-turbocharged diesel engine is a real peach! The outgoing Caravelle offered 132 kW and 400 Nm, but this new powerplant offers heady figures of 146 kW and 450 Nm and comes mated with Volkswagen's proven 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

Further Reading

Volkswagen Caravelle T6.1 (2020) Launch Review

New Volkswagen Caddy California for the Outdoors

Volkswagen Previews New California 6.1

Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 (2021) Specs & Price