Camper Van Beethoven: VW Reveals Atacama Concept

No Westfalia hippie-wagon, this. Volkswagen let fly with a teaser shot of a camper concept for the Paris show. The Atacama, named after a Chilean desert that extends into the Andes mountains, is a version of the Crafter van — VW's Sprinter competitor — that brings high design and off-road mojo to camping culture. Built on a short-wheelbase Crafter, the Atacama gets power from a five-cylinder turbodiesel producing 164 hp hooked to a six-speed gearbox, all over 285/55R20s. We'll see it at the Paris show ahead of its ascension at the Patagonia Sun Festival, Deeper Self Channel-Off and Kayak Jamboree sometime in 2007.

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