Volkswagen to debut new Crafter van at CV Show

Emma Shone
April 9, 2023

The new Volkswagen Crafter will make its UK debut at the CV Show this year.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which returned to the show last year after a five-year absence, will have a standard panel Crafter on its stand, as well as a left-hand drive dropside model. 

VW is taking orders for the new Crafter, which comes with a 2-litre TDI engine developed specifically for the van. A single turbocharged unit will provide 101hp, 121hp and 138hp, while a bi-turbo engine will provide 174hp.

The Crafters come with a standard 6-speed manual transition gearbox. However, for the more powerful vehicles in the range, VW offers an optional 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox to manage the 410Nm of torque they produce.

The first UK deliveries of the Crafters are expected in May, beginning with front-wheel-drive panel vans, with the available range expanding during the year.

VW will also debut its e-load Up! compact electric van at the show. An offshoot of the Up! car at just 3.6m in length, the vehicle offers up to 990 litres of volume and a 360kg payload.

VW said it has no plans to sell the vehicle in the UK, but that it is bringing a German model to the show to sound out potential buyers’ responses and investigate whether there is a market for the e-load Up! in the UK.

The manufacturer will also display its core range of models at the CV Show.

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