From the Kombi inspired I.D. Buzz to the beach-going I.D. Buggy, it seems Volkswagen has a thing for retro styling.
It doesn't stop with their all-electric concepts though. In fact, the German automaker has recently released teaser sketches of the upcoming California 6.1 camper van sporting a classic two-tone white and blue paint job. Don't let the retro paint job fool you though as Volkswagen has also upgraded the popular camper van with lots of tech.
But first, the styling. Based on the sketch, the new California 6.1 looks similar to the Transporter 6.1 commercial vehicle from which it was based on. It does, however, feature revised styling cues such as slightly revised LED headlights, chrome trim pieces all around, larger wheels and California badging on the fender. The California 6.1 camper van also gets a two-tone paint job for that retro feel.
While the paint on the outside might be retro, Volkswagen has fitted the inside of the camper van with loads of technology. The biggest change over its predecessor would have to be the new optional 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster, making it the first time the tech is available for this model. Other upgrades include an upgraded infotainment system with eSIM-based connected services and a digital display for the multi-function camper control unit in the roof console.
To make it more maneuverable, the upcoming camper van will also have 'electromechanical' power steering. New driving assistance technology such as lane assist, side protection and 'trailer assist' also help make driving the big van easier.
Occupants will also be in for a treat as Volkswagen says they refined the living and sleeping areas of the camper van. No specifics were given but based on the interior sketch, it appears that the upcoming California 6.1 will have a modular kitchen and easily adjustable seats.
The California T6.1 will be launched with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine which produces 200 PS. Full details including performance-specs are expected to be announced together with the vehicle's reveal later this year at the Caravan-Salon Expo in Dusseldorf, Germany.
And yes, it can come with a kitchen sink.