The fifth-generation VW Caddy will go on sale in South Africa in November, with six specifications available.
Two engine options will provide power throughout the range and the various trim levels were designed to cater to a wide variety of needs.
According to VW, the standard Caddy and Caddy Maxi are perfect for daily driving, the Caddy Kombi and Caddy Maxi Kombi for people carrying, and the Caddy Cargo and Caddy Maxi Cargo for commercial use.
The new VW Caddy is both wider and longer than the outgoing model, and built on the same platform as the current VW Golf 8 GTI.
As standard, every Caddy features black plastic bumpers and no roof rails – with upgraded models fitted with body-coloured panels and black roof rails.
The long-wheelbase Caddy Maxi Cargo now also supports up to two Euro pallets in the rear.
A variety of optional exterior equipment is available, too, comprising a 1.4m² panoramic sunroof, a removable towbar that supports up to 1,500kg, and 16-inch “Wien” alloy wheels.
Inside, each Caddy gets fabric seats, one of the new radio or infotainment systems, LED interior lights, and a roof vent for improved air conditioning.
An optional park assist programme, rear-view camera, and trailer manoeuvring system are also available.
The standard Caddy model comes as a short-wheelbase, five-seater configuration – with a seven-seat option also on offer.
The long-wheelbase Caddy Maxi then has seven seats as standard.
The luxury-focused Caddy Kombi is fitted with seven seats, while the Caddy Kombi Maxi features five seats as standard – with a seven-seat option.
“Both model lines feature easily-removable and folding seats, as well as easy-access sliding rear passenger doors,” said VW.
Standard interior equipment for the Kombi version comprises steel wheels, halogen headlights, and an electronic brake with auto-hold.
Optional equipment for this specification includes body-coloured bumpers, the Composition Comfort infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights, cruise control, rear wing doors, and a multifunction steering wheel.
The Caddy Cargo’s exterior differs from the rest of the line-up thanks to a sloped roofline towards the rear of the van.
The short wheelbase model provides 3.1m³ of cargo capacity, while the larger version carries up to 3.7m³ of cargo.
Standard features in the Cargo variants include six lashing rings in the load compartment, brake assist, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, halogen headlights with daytime running lights, and rear wing doors that open up to 180 degrees.
The smaller option sees a single sliding door on one side, while the larger model gets a sliding door on both flanks.
Powering the new VW Caddy range is a 1.6-litre, petrol engine; or a 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel motor – both paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
The petrol motor is only available in the short-wheelbase models and produces 81kW and 152Nm. Combined fuel consumption for this unit is rated at 7.3l/100km.
The diesel engine is available with all derivatives and generates 81kW and 300Nm, with combined fuel consumption coming in at 5.5l/100km.
No pricing yet
The South African pricing for the new VW Caddy range has not been announced yet.
The standard Caddy and Caddy Maxi will be sold with a 3-year/120,000km warranty, while the rest of the line-up comes with a 2-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, said VW.
The fifth-generation VW Caddy will be available from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Dealers in November.