• Jul 22nd 2010 at 6:26PM
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It's been nearly six years since Volkswagen took the knife to its workhorse Caddy, but starting next year, buyers can expect a host of changes. The company has just dished the details on its next-generation van before the vehicle gets its official unveiling at the IAA Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show this November. Don't expect anything too wild to crop up design-wise. The Caddy will swipe a few cues from the rest of the VW family up front, and new taillights will pop up as well. VW says that it will also offer roof rails for the first time on the new generation.

Take a peek under the hood, and you're likely to see one of four turbo-diesel engines, all of which are 13 percent more efficient than their predecessors. The range starts with two 1.6-liter mills producing either 75 or 102 horsepower depending on which model you choose, both of which come with start/stop technology. If you click off a little higher up the option sheet, you'll wind up with one of two 2.0-liter engines. Those produce either 110 or 140 horsepower depending on your needs and your budget. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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News Release

The first images and details of the new generation Caddy and Caddy Maxi range have been released ahead of the vehicle's world debut at this September's IAA Hanover Commercial Vehicle show and arrival in UK Volkswagen Van Centres in November.

After six years and sales of nearly 800,000 units of the outgoing model, the new generation Caddy range promises to be more economical to run, with more safety features, enhanced quality and refinement, plus improved environmental credentials. These improvements aim to continue the Caddy's success as one of Volkswagen's best-selling models around the world – even as far away as Australia.

Visually, the new generation models are refreshed with the latest frontal styling found across all new Volkswagens, such as the latest Polo and Transporter. There are also new rear light clusters, plus roof rails available for the first time, and the option of cornering lights. It is a similar story inside, where new instruments, steering wheels and audio/navigation systems plus the option of Bluetooth connectivity enhance the Caddy range with more quality and style.

Under the bonnet there is a completely new range of four of Volkswagen's latest common rail, four-cylinder TDI engines which are up to 13 per cent more fuel-efficient. This includes two 1.6-litre TDI engines producing 75 PS and 102 PS, plus two 2.0-litre TDI units producing 110 PS and 140 PS. These are quieter, more refined and economical, with cleaner Euro5 standard levels of emissions. Other new features introduced to the new generation Caddy include Volkswagen's latest seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive.

BlueMotion Technology models will now be available in the van and passenger-carrying models with the 1.6-litre engine, offering the ultimate in economy and low emissions. These use Start/Stop and battery regeneration systems to help deliver carbon dioxide emissions of as low as 129 g/km and an average fuel consumption of up to 57 mpg, giving a potential range of up to 735 miles on one tank of fuel.

The new generation Caddy range will have ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) standard on every model. Other new safety features include daytime running function for the headlights and automatic activation of the hazard lights under emergency braking.

The seven-seat Caddy Maxi Life model will be renamed the Caddy Maxi MPV, and for greater flexibility and loadspace, the second row of seats in this model, and the five-seater Caddy Maxi kombi and window van, will be able to be removed completely rather than simply folded forward as is the case now. As ever, the MPV's bench seat in the third row is also removable.

Full details of prices and specifications are expected to be released next month.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Other new features introduced to the new generation Caddy include Volkswagen's latest seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive."

      So...can we have these stateside?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because VW is short-sighted (aka "dumb") and cautious (aka "cheap"), the answer is more than likely "no".
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the biggest factor in feasibility is if the Mexico plants are flexible enough to build this one too. Of course, VW would first wart to get into the Commercial vehicles market in the US, where they haven't competed in a LOOOONG time. The Transporter would work great here, too, but they don't seem to want to venture.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't that be like Cadillac coming out with a Veedub?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do I really need to write "/jk" after an obvious joke?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, because "caddy" is an actual word in this sense, and the other is a nickname for a Cadillac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no way this small van will be called the Caddy if it ever comes to the U.S.
      • 5 Years Ago

      As for the negasuaris's - it's the mechanics that maintain a car IF something goes wrong.

      VW still are idiots for not bringing the Caddy state-side - who says a box has to be pretty to be functional? The people that would gravitate towards this design are looking for a vehicle that is functional, if it's a little ugly, who cares? Outdoor recreational types want a vehicle to use and haul gear and travel in and Ford is the only company to have a similar product in the Transit to do this but because of the dumb-arse' 'chicken-tax' they come stripped down.

      What the fook is that law still on the books for? If VW wants to sit on the throne in 8 years they better get to the idea that the way to do that is ADDRESS the NEEDS and WANTS of their users and market and not just build Toyota-esque sedans for the suburban masses.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only similarity I see between the Crafter and the Transit is that they're both full size vans. Oh, yes, the grille are a bit similar but that's because VW tried hard to differentiate it from its Mercedes twin (unlike the previous LT/Sprinter or the PSA/FIAT triplets). That front end is also reminiscent of the brazilian VW Constellation heavy truck launched the year before (even if it's a "flat" cabover).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad the V on the these Caddies stands for Volkswagen eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cadillac TDI...

        So I heard GM wants the luxury marque to be competitive once again by releasing a competitor to the Mercedes Benz V-Class. A commercial van with an evolution of the successful Art & Science design language? Sign me up!

        Also, it'd be amazing if you guys release the TDI-V
      • 5 Years Ago
      transit competitors, until the lease/warranty is up and the gremlins come out in droves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this will be available with the TDI right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        based on the third picture....
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least it's not as ugly as the Skoda Roomster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      7:06PM (7/22/2010)
      The one in the middle looks like a Fiat Ducato van.

      Maybe to you, The Ducato is Sprinter sized, these are smaller connect sized, Europe has lots of this stuff, we suffer again, Europe laughs at us with our limited choices and No diesel vans, Forget the chicken tax, build them in Mexico, might as well send us the transporter too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The passenger versions look like they'd make perfect taxicabs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wake me when VW stops putting this same looking grill on a preponderance of their vehicles. (also applies to Dodge cross hair grills)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ask BMW and Acura to do the same as well.
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