New VW Crafter with class leading fuel economy
Volkswagen has just launched the new Crafter to the Irish market, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by a third, and maintenance costs down by 25 per cent.
Volkswagen is helping its commercial customers and fleet operators plan with greater assurance, as the new Crafter’s maximum payload is increased by ten per cent in some models. VW also provides a free-of-charge extended warranty for the third year of operation (or up to 250,000 km) across all models.
Available in three gross vehicle weights of 3,000kg, 3,500kg and 5,000kg, three van lengths, SWB, MWB and LWB – plus a Super Long and Extra High option in some models – the new Crafter range offers a practical option for every commercial need, especially when you consider the single and double chassis cab versions. A window van is also available.
The all new Crafter range features a 2.0TDI common rail engine offering more fuel efficiency than ever before. Indeed, fuel consumption is improved by up to 2.3l/100km in some versions.
The engines come in three power output versions: 109bhp, 140bhp and 163bhp. All are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. To help improve fuel efficiency further, a gear change indicator is featured as standard.
Besides protecting the environment, the Crafter’s new four-cylinder engines also safeguard owners’ budgets for fuel and maintenance.
Along with significantly reduced fuel expenses, expenditures for maintenance and vehicle operation have been reduced by up to 25 per cent. This is primarily attributable to reduced service costs.
As usual, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also provide a 12-year body protection (anti-rust) warranty on the new Crafter.
Due to the significantly lighter weight of the new four-cylinder engines, the Crafter’s kerb weight has been reduced in practically all versions. This has led to an increase in payload of nearly ten per cent in some versions.
Visually, the new Crafter is characterised by a styling that has been revised with feeling. With the horizontal geometry of the radiator grille, the front end adopts the company’s current ‘design DNA’, which also characterises the Caddy, Amarok and Transporter model ranges. The interior trim has been revised also.
Standard equipment includes ABS, ESP, electric windows, electric-heated door mirrors, remote control central locking, twin airbags and 270 degree wrap around rear doors.
A host of optional extras are also available including a start/stop system to reduce fuel consumption even further.
Pricing starts from €22,000 excluding VAT, and an attractive 5.9 per cent APR HP offering is available from Volkswagen Bank.
“A sharpened design, optimised interior, the latest generation of TDI engines – as fuel efficient as they are powerful – and significantly reduced fuel and maintenance costs, the new Crafter will be an equally desirable choice for both large fleet operators and self-employed van drivers in Ireland” said Niall Phillips, sales and marketing manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland.