Volkswagen PH launches Crafter 9-seat van


vw-crafter-1For those needing quite a bit more space than in a Golf or a Touareg, Volkswagen is launching a new large van called the Crafter. The Crafter is a nine-seat van available in two variants:

The Crafter 35M measures 5905mm long x 1933mm wide x 2415mm tall, with a 3665mm wheelbase. Price is P2.5 million.

The larger 35L stretches to 6940mm long x 1993mm wide to a roof-scraping 2705mm, on a 4325mm wheebase. That one goes for P3 million.


The Crafter is powered by a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel with 163hp and 400Nm. It mates to a six-speed manual transmission. Given the manual tranny and the van’s size, maneuvering and parking the Crafter is probably best left to a chauffeur.

Features include panoramic windows, multiple-vent aircon, power sliding door and leatherette seats. Safety features include ABS brakes, Electronic Stabilization Program and traction control.

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