Hold Me Closer Tiny Camper: VW Previews Mini-Camper

With all the social distancing going on, it might be nice to have a vacation where social distancing feels normal. Enter: the Mini-Camper.

The vehicle is based on the Caddy, but VW remembered it was German and became dissatisfied with the lack of literalness of the previous name, Caddy Beach.

Set to premiere in early September, the Mini-Camper will be the camper van for Europeans who don’t need as much car as the Grand California. Perfectly set up for a few nights away, the Mini-Camper features a 79-inch (~6.5 foot) bed that features disc spring elements for a more comfortable sleep.

Better still, thanks to the panoramic glass roof, you can sleep under the stars without having to worry about those pesky mosquitoes. If you’re more of a night owl, though, the glass in the rood and the windows can be darkened to keep that pesky sun out.

Since it’s a little smaller than the Grand California, you’ll have to sit outside. Volkswagen’s got you covered, with a camping table and chairs that can also be stowed in the back. To give you some privacy, the storage bags double as blinds.

A range of TDI engines with power outputs that range between 74 and 120 hp are on offer as well as a 114 hp TSI.

Sadly, we don’t think we’ll be able to go on an American road trip in one of these any time soon, but we can at least look on in envy as those pesky Europeans eat up the van life hashtag.