Friday, 9 September 2016
VW says ‘new’ Crafter is “without compromise”
Crafter features a chassis which Volkswagen claims “has been redeveloped from the ground up with electromechanical steering, engines that are reliable, more fuel-efficient and optimised for both long trips and urban traffic, well thought-out solutions for loading, practical preparations for superstructure manufacturers, an ergonomic driver's workplace and an exceptional number of driver assistance systems.”
Dr Eckhard Scholz, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, claims today:
In the front-wheel drive version, Crafter now offers a maximum cargo capacity of 18.4 m with a permissible gross weight of 3.0 – 4.0 tonnes.
The chassis, which has been redeveloped from the ground up and tuned in detail, has McPherson front suspension and five different variants of a rigid rear axle, and parabolic springs that are progressive springs in some derivatives.
The electromechanical steering is being introduced for the first time in this segment provides steering precision and fine response which VW claims leads to a significant reduction in COemissions due to adaptive energy consumption.
The further developed EU6 engines based on the Modular Diesel Platform (“MDB”) were specially configured for the new Crafter with respect to the “tough” requirements of a commercial vehicle.
The 2-litre TDI engine, the “EA 288 Commercial”, which was further developed for the Crafter, is available with front-wheel drive at three different power output levels for EU6 markets: 75 kW (102 PS), 103 kW (140 PS) or as a BiTurbo TDI with 130 kW (177 PS).
The 1,968 cc TDI engine is installed transversely, and it is inclined eight degrees towards the front.
Overall, VW claims the engines are 15 per cent per cent more fuel-efficient on average, and scores “with its ruggedness and low wear, maintenance and repair costs, all of which have a positive effect on total cost of ownership (TCO) over the vehicle’s life cycle.