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Volkswagen has given a sneak peek of its next-generation California, ahead of its public debut at the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf on August 28. 


The newly unveiled concept drawings provide insights into the adaptable camper's forthcoming features, such as its new, twin awnings - an enhancement from the single-sided design found in the outgoing model. With its dual slide-opening doors, the new Calafornia looks set to deliver greater practicality than the current model. 


This modification offers increased practicality with its dual slide-opening doors. An additional sketch showcases an integrated pop-out tablet within the concept. This tablet screen will manage the California's climate controls and cabin illumination.


In terms of powertrains, the new California will be available as a plug-in hybrid, likely to adopt the same setup as the VW Multivan eHybrid, which involves a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, paired to a 13kWh battery. VW says this provides up to 30 miles of pure electric range, but with the added weight of a kitchenette and other on-board creator comforts, expect slightly less with this latest version. 


The formal unveiling of the production iteration of the California Concept is anticipated towards the year's end, before it launches in summer 2024.

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Harry Leahey 07/08/23