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30th May, 2006
The spirit of the Beach
The very word 'Kombi' represents, by perception, freedom, style, travel adventures and old-fashioned fun with family and friends. The new Kombi Beach captures that same spirit in a way that hardly any other vehicle can. Kombi Beach is a true getaway vehicle that helps you escape from the routine and rigours of everyday life. It gives you genuine versatility with its capability to move people around through the week and then come into its own on a weekend for a couple of days of rest and relaxation with comfortable sleeping areas and innovative German functionality.
It doesn't take long to realise the potential of Kombi Beach. If you're into sports, this is one flexible lifestyle machine. Think cycling, surfing, golf, sailing, skiing, kite-surfing, kayaking, rock climbing - you name it. With its adjustable seats, extremely flexible interior and clever array of stowage spaces (pockets, nets and hideaway compartments abound!), there is ample storage for all manner of sporting equipment.
The Kombi Beach has a distinctive two-tone design that reflects its famous past and the glory days of the 60s. It is available in Off-Road Grey combined with a stripe of Sundown-Orange, Lime or Stone-Blue. Kombi Beach is 4.89 metres long, 1.9 metres wide and 1.96 metres high. The maximum load volume (without seats in the passenger compartment) is 5,800 litres.
The utilitarian interior deliberately sets the tone for Kombi Beach, achieving comfort, safety, flexibility and function without fuss. A clever modular system is central to the storage solution, with stowage box, soft bags, table and chairs safely tucked away. It's only when you start packing the vehicle that you realise just how much space is provided and discover the tremendous versatility of the Kombi Beach.
Perfect for carrying equipment - inside or out. You won't have trouble getting your board, sails, bikes or other odd shaped sports gear in and out through the huge tailgate. If you're moving people, they enter the rear compartment through the generous metre-wide entry point revealed by the large sliding door on the left side of the vehicle.
Carrying something bigger? Too easy. There are eight mounting points for roof load carrying systems. The optional roof carrier can be loaded with up to 100 kg.
Take a quick glance inside the Kombi Beach and you immediately understand the theme of keeping it simple with lifestyle in mind. That doesn't mean Volkswagen has cut corners though. Every feature has a purpose and all appointments are finely crafted. Comfort and safety are absolutely paramount. They've gone to great lengths to make sure they've optimised the flexibility and durability of interior equipment to give you total confidence in taking Kombi Beach away with you. This is a vehicle you can relax in and rely on, year after year.
Rail system: The structural element that makes Kombi Beach so flexible is the unique rail system in the floor that gives you the ability to configure the interior seats in any combination you want.
Moulded rails above and below the rear side windows support two handy fabric bags for stowage. Both bags can be easily detached and feature strong carry straps. The rails also act as a harness for a roof net, which doubles as back-up storage for things like blankets, sleeping bags and spare clothes.
Two-seater folding bench and cosy sleeping: The predominant feature inside the Kombi Beach is the adjustable and removable two-seater folding seat bench, which forms either a huge interior sleeping area or a spare seat bench. When you fold down and combine the bench seat with the upholstered stowage box and bed extension at the rear, you end up with a cosy sleeping area 2.3 metres long and 1.7 metres wide.
The optional "Good Night Package" for the Kombi Beach includes curtains and elastic covers for additional security and privacy. For those who like to read at night there are two flexible lights in the headlining on either side of the rear sleeping area.
Folding table: Kombi Beach features clever inclusions that add comfort and convenience - like the innovative folding table you'll find within the sliding door and the standard folding chairs. It's easy to set up next morning so you can enjoy your breakfast in the great outdoors. Or lunch. Or dinner!
Swivelling seats and other equipment: Kombi Beach is a very social vehicle... swivel the front seats through 180 degrees and you've got a lounge/dining room interior for inclement weather.
Back on the open road, the ergonomic seats with armrests are designed for enjoyable touring. For additional driver comfort, the leather steering wheel is height and reach adjustable and there is a conveniently placed joystick gear lever, a clear instrument panel and a well conceived storage compartment system featuring plenty of storage space and cup holders.
Air conditioning, heating and second battery: After a hot day at the beach, the Beach helps you cool down thanks to the integrated air conditioning and ventilation system with 4-speed fresh air fan and recirculation air flap. For allergy sufferers, a dust and pollen filter (standard in every model) keeps the air clean.
If you decide to head to the mountains instead of the coast, the Kombi Beach's dual heating system (one heater up front and one in the back) will keep the entire interior at a comfortable temperature.
And on the subject of comfort - with the twin battery setup, you can even equip your Kombi Beach with an additional individual sound system for passengers in the rear of the vehicle.
The Kombi Beach gets top marks when it comes to safety. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD).
Seat belts are front height adjustable with pre-tensioners and belt force limiters. All passengers have 3 point seat belts. Driver and front passenger airbags are standard, front side and curtain airbags can be ordered as an option.
For additional grip, the Kombi Beach is equipped with TCS (Traction Control System) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR). As an optional extra the Kombi Beach can be equipped with an Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) plus brake assist system.
If you like to drive on the beach, the option of Volkswagen’s 4MOTION (all wheel drive) is also available.
Remote central locking is standard on all models. It is possible to programme your Kombi Beach so that it locks automatically once the vehicle is in motion. The Kombi Beach also has an alarm system with interior monitoring, tilt sensors and back-up horn in addition to an electronic engine immobiliser.
The superior TDI technology of the Kombi Beach has already set the benchmark in the commercial vehicle sector. Volkswagen TDI engines give you higher output, variability and economy.
The 2.5 TDI with unit injector or "pumpe düse" technology is mated to all driveline variants. This powerplant is the "little brother" of the already famous 2.5 TDI 128kW as used in the T5 Transporter and Multivan range.
The Kombi Beach develops 96kW of power at 3,500 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm - 2,300 rpm. The vehicle meets the EU3 emission standard whilst maintaining a fuel consumption of 8.5 litres for the 2.5 TDI Manual, 9.3 litres for the 2.5 TDI Automatic and 9.4 litres for the 2.5 TDI 4MOTION (according to ADR 81/01).
The driveline variations are; 2.5 TDI Manual (6-speed), 2.5 TDI Automatic (6-speed automatic with Tiptronic) and the 2.5 TDI 4MOTION (6-speed manual, all wheel drive).
These transmission combinations give the Kombi Beach a top speed of 168 km/h, 164 km/h and 165 km/h respectively.
The manual transmission features 6 forward gears and can transmit a maximum of 500 Nm of torque. The compact design of this transmission is suitable for transverse design thanks to the 4 shaft design. The automatic transmission has 6 forward gears and can transmit a maximum of 400 Nm of torque and is also available in a Tiptronic specification.
The Volkswagen Kombi Beach, priced from $54,990 for the TDI manual, $57,990 for the TDI automatic. Enjoy the lifestyle choice of days gone by.
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