Volkswagen unveils new Caddy van with passenger car features
Volkswagen has revealed its fourth generation of the Caddy van, introducing new Euro-6 diesel engines as well as a three-cylinder unit amongst the petrol engines.
The new van also gets a sizeable amount of new technology carried over from the Golf passenger car, making the new Caddy one of the most advanced small vans on the market.
Four new diesel options, all using the same 2-litre four-cylinder engine with power outputs of 74hp, 94hp, 121hp and 147hp, now appear in the range alongside 1.2-litre 83hp and 1.4-litre 123hp petrol units. The 1-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine, which will arrive after the Caddy’s launch in October, will produce 100hp. Stop/start systems will be standard on all models and VW claims a 28% reduction in fuel consumption across the range.
Volkswagen has also upped the specification of the new Caddy by introducing several driver assistance features found in the Golf passenger car, including City Emergency Braking, which will limit the impact of an accident or prevent it altogether through the use of radar and automatic braking. A driver alert system, that recognises any deviations from normal driving behavior, also warns drivers when they are at risk of an accident. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is available as an option and so too is Light Assist. ACC measures the distance to the vehicle in front and their speed and adjusts the vehicle accordingly to maintain a specified time gap, while Light Assist switches off the headlights’ main beam when a vehicle approaches.
Caddy is available in two body lengths, a short version with a wheelbase measuring 2,681mm, the Caddy Maxi with a 3,006mm wheelbase. Design changes have been made to both the front, rear and the interior of the vans, however, load capacity and dimensions remain unchanged with a maximum loadspace length of 1,781mm, and total load volume of 3.2m3 for the short-wheelbase model and up to 4.2m3 in Maxi versions. There is also a new Flex Seat option to allow longer loads by folding down the front passenger seat which in the Caddy Maxi increases load lengths to over 3m.
The new dash and grille designs also both feature dominant lines at their centre that in the case of the exterior can be seen continuing through the newly shaped headlights which can now be specified with LEDs. Four trim levels will be available across commercial vehicle and passenger car models as well as a Bluemotion model that emits just 109g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed fuel consumption of more than 70mpg.