- Zurich, Switzerland
- Looking to buy
I haven't seen anything about the load weight capacity of the T7, other than journo speculation. I've looked into MQB for clues, but that all seems to be about sharing a common platform where (at least some) parts are interchangeable. Nothing about weights.I think we agree., it's a question of definitions. To me a "California" is a camper that sleeps 4 people with an elevating roof. I think when 99% people hear VW California they think of that, most likely with a kitchen and fridge, since the T2 era/Westfalia.
It is unlikely that a T7, due to weight, range, space will allow for that. But they could produce a T7 California similar to a Caddy California. Next they may put a comfort mattress on a Passat boot with a little Camp Bistro from Campingaz and call it "Passat California".
But what I consider THE California, currently is on a T6.1 chassis and most likely to continue on that platform.
In terms of size, I've so far gathered from a few articles that the T7 will sit 6cm lower, but be a smidge longer (smidge is a well defined international measure btw), and be wider. It's all speculation of course, but I don't see why this would not fit 4 people. If true, it would mean a wider bed up top. About the 6cm lower, we don't know if they have reduced ground clearance considerably meaning interior height is about the same, or how it was achieved. Can only wait and see.
Personally, I quite like the T6.1, and I'm very curious to see what happens with the T7. As I've mentioned elsewhere, the T6.1 won't fit in my garage, so I'm not-so-secretly hoping that a T7 California will be released and that it'll fit. If so, I'm buying. If not, I'll have to go back to the drawing board, and ponder my options.