If you’ve ordered a new car recently, you were likely faced with a barrage of choices between trim levels, body styles, engine options and more. But chances are they would pale in comparison to the configurations available on the new Crafter.
Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles division has just revealed its new full-size van. And between its various trim levels, the lengths and heights of its cargo box, engine options and drivetrain choices, it can (theoretically) be had in a staggering 864 configurations.
The all-new van will be available in four base models, in three lengths, three heights, with four engine options, two transmissions and three drivetrain layouts.
Even once the trim level and the size of its cargo box are selected, the customer can still choose between four diesel engines ranging from 102 metric horsepower all the way up to 177. The new Crafter can also be ordered with a manual or automatic transmission, and in front-, rear- or all-wheel drive.
That makes VW’s new van amazingly flexible. In designing it, the manufacturer says it listened closely to what customers wanted out of their workhorse, while improving its environmental credentials, drag coefficient, and reliability. It also fitted an array of new electronic systems, including adaptive cruise control, stability management with trailer stabilization and optional sidewind compensation system.
The manufacturer also built a new plant in Wrzesnia to handle production of the new Crafter – its second facility in Poland after the Poznan-Antoninek factory that opened 20 years ago.