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2018 VW Camper Van

2018 VW Camper Van is probably the most awaited camper van in the US market. Rumors were ripe in 2015 when the bulli prototype was doing rounds of the rumor mill. Now the 2018 VW van news is doing the same rounds so one would wonder if there really is a possibility of a launch or is it just vaporware? We take the liberty to analyze possible launch here, as there already is a production version of 2018 VW van in the UK. The same model might finally be bought here, hopefully in a new generation avatar.

2018 VW camper van

Why the 2018 VW Camper Van makes more sense here

2018 VW Camper Van, despite being in news recently is still considered vaporware by many and for good reason. There have been rumors ever since it stopped rolling off the assembly line, of it’s revival. Yet there has not been a firm announcement by VW in this area. There is already a UK production VW camper Van that may come to US in 2018 but its still not a sure news. Ironically the camping VW van version is called “California” in the UK. It’s a beautiful camper and we would love to see it here. America being a much bigger camping and motorhome market would definitely make more sense for VW. But we are yet to see business sense prevail. With a lot of old school users already in the market looking for an upgrade to their type 2s and the associated fan following. It only makes more sense to get it rolling as soon as possible. VW has made noises about it unofficially, let’s see how it turns out to be.

2018 VW camper van launch date

2018 VW Camper Van potential configuration and specs

The beautiful looking VW camper van 2018 may come with an uprated diesel and gasoline engine option shown in the graphic we picked from VW UK. The engine options are 150/204ps for gas/diesel with an economy of 44.1/43.5 mpg. The vehicle is expected to ride on 235/55 R17 or 215/65 R17 tires. The UK version comes with a kitchen area, cupboard, folding bed, under seat storage, flexible spot light, three zone HVAC, 5 inch touch infotainment with 8 speakers and usb/cd/dvd/sd card setup. Yes the sliding door and windows are there too! What you will really like is the nice folding table that attaches to the sliding door. The 2 person 2,000mm by 1,140mm bed is also a welcome feature along with the dual battery setup to keep your voltages running in the campsite. Gas burners to help you cook/heat those meals away from home (2.8kg gas storage) and water storage ( 30 Liter/electric pump) to keep you hydrated. The aluminum roof pops up high to create extra sleeping space in the 2018 VW camper van. These apart from standard features like heated ORVMs, loads of aux sockets, smokers package, lights, cup holders, ample stowage space and the rest. On the safety front, it gets ESP, DRLs, driver alert system, brake assist, hill hold, traction control, TPMS besides the standard airbags. Did we mention regenerative braking?

2018 VW camper van engine options
Engine image is from the official VW UK page (2018 vw van may carry a further uprated engine):

2018 VW camper van options for 2018

2018 VW camper van release date & Price

2018 VW Camper Van can be expected only after a firm announcement by Volkswagen and we will surely keep a track. We can say that first quarter of 2018 may be a good time to pitch it in the market. Stretching it to the “back to school” season might not be a good idea for VW in our opinion. Its expected to be priced around US $65,000 for the camper configured California you see here in pictures. Optional extras on the camper vw will come at an extra cost as expected.

VW camper 2018 pictures:


2018 new vw van exteriors 2018 vw van exteriors 2018 vw camper bulli van
volkswagen 2018 van camping

Over to you:
We heard our readers last time, everyone was in favor of a long wheelbase and plenty of sleeping/cooking/utility options. Some people suggested a diesel engine, sliding doors, refrigerator option and more luggage hauling space. Now looks like most of these have been taken care of in the UK version. So we can expect all that in the US version.  What is your opinion? We would love to read about your type 2 adventure too!

2018 VW Van at a glance

  • 2018 may see the VW Camper van come to US shores.
  • The VW Van may come with wide options for camping activities.
  • VW camper bus may be based on the UK version.
  • The large US market and Type 2 popularity from an earlier era promise a successful production run.
2018 VW Camper Van is probably the most awaited camper van in the US market. Rumors were ripe in 2015 when the bulli prototype was doing rounds of the rumor mill. Now the 2018 VW van news is doing the same rounds so one would wonder if there really is…

Excellent upgrade from the type 2


*our rating

A great camper, this VW van 2018 would be. If and when it is launched, we expect it to win back a lot of the old fans. An excellent replacement for your type 2.

User Rating: 3.8 ( 1 votes)

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  1. Been waiting years for this. Hope it will also be available in Canada. My ’84 Westfalia is getting tired.

  2. VW really needs to bring this van to the US. I know of 4 van con conversion companys in CA that want no less than $55000, mini van, and upwards of $65000 to take a full size cargo van and convert it into a pop-up camper van. These companies have at least a one year backlog to convert a van for a customer. VW, please bring it to CA. Even at $65000 it’s worthwhile.

  3. 50 years ago we started our marriage owning a VW bus. Now we want this VW bus for our golden years of retirement traveling the beautiful US. Please bring that California XXL to the US.

  4. Hope Volkswagen brings the California camper van to US. Also, would be nice if they also would bring the Weekender back!!! The Weekenders cost less and has more seats to use when using vehicles for families.

  5. Checked with my Sources and so far no on US. That really sucks. Surprised that the state of CA never went after VW for using the California name and never bringing it to our shores.
    Many of us have been hoping they would offer the vans again, even as a speacial order. It seems they just didn’t care even though there are tens of thousands who own the older models and spend a small fortune restoring them so we can enjoy the vans because of Nostalgia and versatility.

  6. I’m hoping that VW USA really pays attention to all of us who are looking for that right sized van (California XL) to experience what’s out there on the road. My wife and I have a 1990 T2 Camper and love it but we also see the handwriting on the wall and want to trade up to a T5 for convenience and economy. We also have about 12 other couples of like mind who are looking at the T5 and wishing it was available for purchase.
    Let’s all hope and pray that 2018 is the magic year and we’ll see the T5’s in the showroom, take care and happy trails————–Kent

  7. Im with you Karen. We went cross country in a 1967VW Micro Mini camper van in 1970. I have been waiting also.