It was one of the biggest, splashiest camper van debuts of 2017, and now it’s heading to highways and byways. Volkswagen’s California XXL concept will officially give way to a Crafter-based production camper van at this year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon.

As reported by New Atlas, the camper will certainly lose some of the wilder features and flair of the slick concept van, but it’ll give VW camper bus buyers something larger and newer to think about.

Even before VW’s recent announcement, all stars seemed to be aligning for a production version of the 2017 California XXL concept. After stealing the show at the 2017 Düsseldorf salon with the concept, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has spent much time in 2018 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the smaller, Transporter-based California camper van.
The celebration even saw the camper icon leap the Atlantic for a rare appearance on actual California soil (the Transporter and California are, quite infamously, not sold in the U.S.).

What better way to slap an exclamation point onto the anniversary celebrations than by introducing an all-new Crafter California? We’re assuming that VW works the “California” name into the production camper van model, though that isn’t yet a certainty. Its announcement refers to the production van not as the California XXL but as a “Crafter-based camper.”
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