Volkswagen has whipped the covers off its new Caddy California, a compact camper that effectively succeeds the Caddy Beach.

Based on the new, fifth-generation Caddy, the small camper van measures 4 501 mm long. The Wolfsburg-based firm says a longer wheelbase version will follow in 2021, measuring 4 853 mm from nose to tail.

The newcomer’s fold-out bed, meanwhile, features cup springs and a “high-quality” mattress, with VW claiming it provides the “same high level of sleeping comfort” as the items in the T6.1 California and Grand California. Measuring 1 980 mm by 1 070 mm when flat, VW says the bed folds to a third of its length when not in use, tucking away neatly above the boot space.

The Caddy California will also be offered with an optional “mini kitchen”, which is hinged to the left cargo space wall beneath the bed (with the hatch open, it can be pulled out to the rear).

Integrated in the top part of the mini kitchen is a single hob gas cooker, complete with a wind-shield and a shelf. The bottom pull-out part contains a cutlery tray and further storage space for cooking utensils. There’s also a “securely locked box” (with floor vent) for the gas bottle.

In addition, VW plans to offer a new modular tent system, which can be connected to the Caddy California, as well as a particularly large (1,4 m2) panoramic sunroof.

The Caddy California will launch in Europe with TDI engines offered in two power outputs: 55 kW and 90 kW. There will also be the option of 4Motion all-wheel drive as an alternative to the standard front-wheel-drive configuration.