Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched the fourth generation of its popular Caddy in South Africa. Around 1.5 million units (23 400 sold in South Africa) of the third generation model were sold worldwide during its eleven years in production.
The new Caddy has been enhanced and refined in every area to ensure that it continues to be the benchmark in its segment. At launch, three variants are available, namely Panel Van, Crew Bus and Trendline. The Alltrack variant, which replaces the CrossCaddy, will be available early in 2016.
The Panel Van and Crew Bus will appeal to commercial customers and the Trendline is the compact people-mover that is aimed at private customers.
The engine line-up of the new Caddy has been carried over from the previous model. The 1.6 petrol engine which is only available with the Panel Van and Crew Bus has been uprated to deliver 81kW of power instead of 75kW. The two diesel engines are still the 2.0-litre TDI with power output of 81kW and 103kW. They are available with all the variants.
The 1.6-litre and 2.0 TDI with 81kW are both available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.0 TDI with 103kW is only offered with a6-speed DSG transmission.
The Panel Van and Crew Bus are offered with a raft of safety features as standard. These include ABS, ESP, Multi-Collision Braking System, driver and front passenger airbags, Hill Hold (only available with 103kW) and Fatigue Detection (standard in 103kW and optional in other derivatives).
Exclusively offered to coincide with the launch of the new Caddy, a special edition Panel Van Sport derivative will be available. It is based on the Caddy Panel Van and features a diverse range of extras. These include painted bumpers, electric windows and side mirrors, 16-inch Fortaleza alloy wheels, Composition Audio radio with LCD Screen,Climatic manual air-conditioning system and Comfort package (cruise control, front foglights and multi-function display).
The standard features offered with the Trendline include electrically adjustable side mirrors, electric windows, Composition ColourCD/Radio with Bluetooth, USB port and 6-speakers, alloy wheels, Climatic manual air-conditioning system, drawers under front seats, leather steering wheel, multi-function display and speed sensitive power steering.