Hot on the heels of the business variant comes the brand new Caddy MPV, sporting the Mk8 Golf’s infotainment setup and seating for as much as seven
2 Dec 2020
The all-new Volkswagen Caddy MPV is obtainable to order now. It joins the not too long ago launched Caddy Cargo panel van and sports activities a equally daring new look, a tech-laden inside and a contemporary platform derived from the newest Golf hatchback – and there’s more room than ever.
Prices begin from £24,648 for the entry-level mannequin, climbing to £32,922 for the range-topping Caddy Maxi Life variant. When the primary examples attain UK shores early subsequent 12 months, they’ll provide contemporary competitors for the Ford Tourneo Connect and Peugeot Rifter.
Buyers have their selection of two trim-levels and two wheelbase lengths. The entry-level mannequin comes as customary with electrical home windows, air-con, cruise management, a pair of cup holders within the centre console and a 6.5-inch infotainment system. There’s additionally a brand new multi-function steering wheel and an digital handbrake with an auto-hold operate.
The extra lavishly outfitted Caddy Life begins from £27,420 and provides a leather-based multifunction steering wheel, lumbar help for the entrance seats and a bigger 8.25-inch infotainment system. There’s additionally a pair extra comfort options, resembling a detachable waste bin and storage drawers beneath the entrance seats.
Volkswagen’s long-wheelbase Caddy Maxi provides £1,320 to the MPVs beginning worth, for which patrons get a bit additional area and a 3rd seating row on the rear of the car. An even bigger 10-inch infotainment system and digital instrument cluster may also each be specced as non-compulsory extras.
New Volkswagen Caddy: engines and drivetrains
From launch, UK patrons can select from two diesel and one petrol engine. The diesel items are each based mostly on the identical turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which is obtainable in two states of tune – both 101bhp or 120bhp. The least highly effective possibility is mated to a six-speed handbook gearbox as customary, whereas the extra muscular variant will get a seven-speed computerized.
Both diesel choices additionally include a brand new “double-dosing” AdBlue system. Volkswagen says the system reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions through the use of two SCR catalytic converters to feed twice as a lot AdBlue into the exhaust.
The sole petrol possibility contains a detuned model of Volkswagen’s acquainted turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with 112bhp reasonably than the same old 148bhp. It’s additionally mated to a six-speed handbook gearbox which, like all Caddy derivatives, sends energy to the entrance wheels.
Despite promoting a pure-electric model of the previous-generation Caddy in Europe, Volkswagen has determined towards providing an EV on the newest Caddy – primarily as a result of growth prices related to retro-fitting the MQB platform with electrical know-how.
Instead, Volkswagen will now focus its efforts on the MEB-based ID.Buzz Cargo, that’s set to reach in 2022. Besides this, the previous e-Caddy wasn’t even a manufacturing facility Volkswagen venture – it was developed in tandem with the German tuning firm ABT and assembled away from the van’s manufacturing line.
New Volkswagen Caddy: inside and tools
The new Caddy is safer than ever earlier than because it options 19 completely different driver help programs, together with trailer help and journey help. The latter – a primary for a Volkswagen business car – makes use of a mixture of lane help and adaptive cruise management to take cost of the MPV’s steering, throttle and brakes on the motorway.
Other new options embody electrical closing aids for the sliding doorways and tailgate, plus a big panoramic sunroof with a glass space of 1.4m2 that sits above the primary and second row of seats. An digital parking brake is now customary throughout the Caddy vary, whereas keyless entry and 18-inch alloy wheels come as customary on prime variations.
Also becoming a member of the vary might be a rugged Caddy Pan Americana and a sporty Caddy Vision. The former focuses on an outside way of life with a revised grille and flared wheelarches, whereas the latter is aimed on the model acutely aware with loads of excessive gloss black parts. Volkswagen additionally not too long ago launched a brand new Caddy Camper, which featured loads of intelligent packaging.
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