The Wolfsburg firm has kicked off the commercialization of the fifth generation of the Volkswagen Caddy, which takes an important step forward in the technological section.
The loss of prominence of minivans has made the tourism versions of commercial vehicles gain more and more followers every day. Now they offer us a much more attractive design, they maintain a very practical cabin and their technological level has nothing to envy to other models with which they share a platform. For these reasons, the success of models such as the Citroën Berlingo, Dacia Dokker and Peugeot Rifter is explained.
The new Volkswagen caddy is based on the MQB-EVO platform; the same one that, for example, supports vehicles such as the Audi A3, the Seat León or the Volkswagen Golf. This architecture gives the model a longer wheelbase which, as we will see later, plays in favor of interior space and load capacity. Beyond practicality, the Volkswagen design team wanted to seize the opportunity presented by the new platform to give the Caddy a totally new look.
The new Caddy is now available on the market at Kombi or minivan versions with up to four different trim levels (Kombi, Origin, Outdoor and Life) and as an urban delivery van in Cargo and Cargo Maxi versions. He Kombi finish includes seven airbags, ESP, ISOFIX and Top Tether anchors, lane assist, central locking with remote control, climate control, fatigue detector, Servotronic power steering, SOS call, digital radio with 6.5 “display, speed regulator / limiter speed, electric mirrors, Front Assist system and multifunction steering wheel.
The Origin termination adds App-Connect, rear view camera, dual zone climate control, 8.25 “touchscreen with USB ports, painted bumpers, heated rear view mirrors with power folding and rain sensor. Outdoor trim incorporates LED headlights, 17” alloy wheels and roof fixed panorama. By last, the top of the range Life includes induction charger, voice commands, front and rear parking control, Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, chrome accents, specific 16 “wheels, automatic high beams and 10” screen navigator.
On the aesthetic level, the new Volkswagen Caddy presents a completely redesigned image that adapts to all body formats, including professional variants. Incorporates new headlights and taillights with LED technology, as well as 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels for the first time. The minivan and camper versions offer as an option, a large panoramic roof and electric locking devices for the sliding doors and the tailgate.
The initial mechanical offering comprises only two diesel options associated with the 2.0-liter TDI EVO engine, with powers of 102 and 122 hp, both front-wheel drive and with a six-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also offered.
Throughout 2021, the German firm will expand the mechanical and bodywork offer. It will be from then on when we can meet the new Caddy California which will further broaden the spectrum of the model range. Depending on the option chosen, we may also have versions with a 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Likewise, the arrival of a 115 hp TSI gasoline engine, a 1.5 TGI powered by natural gas and a plug-in hybrid variant is also expected.
The list of safety assistants available in the preceding model includes the Driving Assist Travel Assist, Brake Assist in Curves, Braking function when cornering in the vicinity of an oncoming vehicle and Maneuvering Assist for trailers.
The new Caddy It is already available in Spain for a price that starts at 19,300 euros. For now, the German brand has priced the option most intended for passenger transport. Its production will be carried out at the facilities of the German firm in Poznak (Poland).