Volkswagen has unveiled a new entry-level camper. The £34, 970 RRP on the road (including VAT) California Beach model can accommodate up to seven people is available with a two, or three, seat rear bench, and further optional individual chairs.
A large amount of luggage space is offered behind the rail-mounted seats and the Beach also offers sleeping accommodation for four person. Integrated pull-down blinds for the side and rear windows, plus pop-up covers for the front window, ensure privacy when required.
2012 California Beach is available in two engine configurations – first is the fuel efficient 114 PS BlueMotion diesel engine. It comes with a five-speed manual transmission with longer gearing, cruise control, Stop/Start system, brake regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres, it offers a combined fuel economy figure of 40.4 mpg and a CO2 output of 184 g/km.
If you want a more powerful unit, VW offers the 140 HP 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that is connected via a six-speed manual gearbox. With a premium of £1,165 over the BlueMotion Technology model, the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS returns 36.7 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 203 g/km.
The 2012 VW California Beach is fitted with stylish 16-inch ‘Miyato’ alloy wheels, Climatic air conditioning and a CD/radio with eight speakers as standard.
Customers can also choose from a raft of options, including larger alloy wheels, a 32-litre cool/warm box (powered by second leisure battery), programmable parking heater, an awning, privacy glass, double glazing and Bluetooth mobile phone provision, plus satellite navigation with Western Europe mapping pre-loaded to an internal memory and xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.