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Volkswagen Crafter
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Volkswagen Crafter panel van
Manufacturer Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Parent company Volkswagen Group
Also called

Volkswagen LT3

Volkswagen Crafter Volt (Turkey)
Production 2006-present
Assembly Düsseldorf]], Germany,
Ludwigsfelde, Germany
Predecessor Volkswagen LT
Class Light commercial vehicle - van
Body style(s) Panel van,
Double cab,
Chassis cab
Layout Front engine,
rear-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group/Daimler AG LT/T1N series
Engine(s) 2.5 L I5 TDI turbodiesel with DPF
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual,
6-speed Shiftmatic automatic
Wheelbase SWB: 3,250 mm (128.0 in)
MWB: 3,665 mm (144.3 in)
LWB: 4,325 mm (170.3 in)
Length Chassis Double Cab LWB:
6,680 mm (263.0 in)
6,840 mm (269.3 in)
6,845 mm (269.5 in)
Chassis Double Cab MWB:
5,870 mm (231.1 in)
6,085 mm (239.6 in)
6,140 mm (241.7 in)
Chassis Double Cab SWB:
5,305 mm (208.9 in)
5,560 mm (218.9 in)
Chassis Single Cab LWB:
6,680 mm (263.0 in)
6,845 mm (269.5 in)
6,930 mm (272.8 in)
Chassis Single Cab MWB:
5,870 mm (231.1 in)
6,020 mm (237.0 in)
6,085 mm (239.6 in)
Chassis Single Cab SWB:
5,305 mm (208.9 in)
5,570 mm (219.3 in)
7,345 mm (289.2 in)
6,940 mm (273.2 in)
5,910 mm (232.7 in)
5,245 mm (206.5 in)
Width Vans:
2,425 mm (95.5 in)
Pickup Trucks:
2,426 mm (95.5 in)
2,682 mm (105.6 in)
Height Chassis Double Cab LWB:
2,420 mm (95.3 in)
2,405 mm (94.7 in)
Chassis Double Cab MWB:
2,440 mm (96.1 in)
2,425 mm (95.5 in)
Chassis Double Cab SWB:
2,365 mm (93.1 in) (also Chassis Single Cab SWB)
2,380 mm (93.7 in)
Chassis Single Cab LWB:
2,385 mm (93.9 in)
2,395 mm (94.3 in)
Chassis Single Cab MWB:
2,410 mm (94.9 in)
2,400 mm (94.5 in)
3,055 mm (120.3 in) (with roof)
3,050 mm (120.1 in) (with roof)
2,715 mm (106.9 in)
2,825 mm (111.2 in)
2,820 mm (111.0 in)
2,720 mm (107.1 in) (with roof)
3,050 mm (120.1 in) (with roof)
2,820 mm (111.0 in) (with roof)
2,435 mm (95.9 in)
2,535 mm (99.8 in)
2,435 mm (95.9 in)
2,725 mm (107.3 in) (with roof)
Related Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Designer Laurent Boulay

The Volkswagen Crafter, introduced in 2006, is the largest 3 to 5 tonne van sold by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Based on the high-end Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the Crafter officially replaced the 31 year old LT nameplate, although it is known as the LT3 as its production plant code.

Its major European competitors include the Opel Movano, Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato and Iveco Daily.

Production plants

The Crafter is built in the Mercedes-Benz Ludwigsfelde and Düsseldorf plants, the same German factories where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is built.

Daimler as a partner

In the 1990s, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz Commercial Unit produced the first generation Sprinter and the second generation Volkswagen LT in a joint development project.

The superseded second generation Volkswagen LT, and the current Crafter share their automobile platform and bodyshells with their Mercedes-Benz Sprinter counterparts, but the front grille styling, internal combustion engines and transmissions remain Volkswagen Group sourced.


French car designer Laurent Boulay is responsible for the frontal design of the Crafter, which takes cues from the Volkswagen Constellation.[1]


All internal combustion engines are based upon Volkswagen Group's re-engineered 2.5 litre R5 TDI. This turbodiesel is an inline-five cylinder (R5) Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine. It displaces 2,459 cubic centimetres (150.1 cu in), and uses the latest common rail fuel system, with piezoelectric actuated injectors for the cylinder-direct fuel injection. It also utilises a diesel particulate filter (DPF), allowing all engine variants to comply with the latest Euro IV European emission standards.[2]

Individual rated power outputs are:[2]

max motive power @ rpm max torque @ rpm
65 kW (88 PS/87 bhp) 3,500 220 N·m (162 ft·lbf) 2,000
80 kW (109 PS/107 bhp) 3,500 280 N·m (207 ft·lbf) 2,000
100 kW (136 PS/134 bhp) 3,500 320 N·m (236 ft·lbf) 2,000
120 kW (163 PS/161 bhp) 3,500 350 N·m (258 ft·lbf) 2,000


The Crafter is available in three wheelbase options; 3,250 millimetres (128.0 in), 3,665 millimetres (144.3 in) and 4,325 millimetres (170.3 in). It is equipped with front airbags as standard, and side and curtain airbags as options, along with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Load Adapting Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti Slip Regulation (traction control) (ASR), and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL).

The electronic differential lock (EDL) employed by Volkswagen is not - as the name suggests - a differential lock at all. Sensors monitor both roadwheel speeds across a driven axle, and if one is rotating substantially faster than the other (i.e. slipping) the EDL system momentarily brakes it. This effectively transfers the torque to the other driven wheel which is deemed to still have grip.

Payloads & GVWs

The Crafter Chassis and Double Cabs have payloads ranging from 1,472 to 3,026 kilograms (3,245 to 6,671 lb), and come in Gross Vehicle Weights (GVW) of either 3.5 or 5.0 tonnes.


The Crafter has won a number of motor industry awards, including:

  • 2006 What Van? - Overall Van of the Year (UK)
  • 2006 What Van? - Large Van of the Year (UK)
  • 2007 Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine - Large Van of the Year (UK)
  • 2007 Van Fleet World - Best Large Panel Van (UK)
  • 2007 Delivery Magazine - Large Van of the Year (Australia)
  • 2008 Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine - Best Van derived Chassis Cab of the Year (UK)[3]



  1. "Volkswagen Crafter - Un utilitaire de métiers" (in (French)).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Volkswagen Crafter - Engine specification". Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Retrieved on 11 November 2009.
  3. "Awards for Volkswagen Caddy Maxi and Crafter Chassis Cab - Easier Motoring". Easier Inc. (18 April 2008). Retrieved on 11 November 2009.

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