📂︎ Something for the Weekend | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ July 31, 2020
➤ Virtual reveal early September | Petrol & diesel engines | California furniture on board.
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Volkswagen has revealed the first sketches of its new Mini-camper is based on the fifth-generation Caddy and boasts a host of new features.
There is an entirely new bed concept redeveloped to offer greater versatility. Technology in the compact campervan is definitely state-of-the-art. And a touch of romance is also included, with the panoramic glass roof offering a night under the stars.
Since 2005, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has been selling a compact mobile home based on the Caddy as a standard production model. From the outset, the aim has been to retain everyday utility and to design the fittings such as storage bags and bed area to be removable. This is also true of the latest generation. The small brother of the California is intended for all who seek maximum flexibility from their car, so that they can embark on the occasional spontaneous adventure.
A highlight is the opportunity to gaze at the stars through the panoramic glass roof before dozing off. Those who prefer to sleep in the dark or wish to avoid being woken by the sun in the morning can of course also darken all of the windows, including the glass roof. Ensuring comfort while sleeping on the almost two-metre-long bed, are disc spring elements, as used in the beds of the California and Grand California.
Cleverly stowed in the rear are the popular and lightweight camping chairs and table from the California models. The two practical storage bags can be taken inside the home for easy loading. They also serve as privacy screens inside the vehicle when fastened in the rear window sections.
The new Caddy features 19 assistance systems for comfort and safety while travelling, including ‘Travel Assist’, which for the first time enables assisted driving in a Volkswagen commercial vehicle over the entire range of speeds. Also new in the Caddy and familiar from the Crafter and the T series is ‘Trailer Assist’, which makes reverse manoeuvring with a trailer significantly easier. There is also ‘Side-Assist’ and ‘Rear Traffic Alert’ technology.
The Caddy’s new four-cylinder engines are Euro 6 emissions compliant and are all fitted with particulate filters. A TDI turbo-diesel is available in two states of tune – 74 and 120hp and aided by a new twin dosing system.
Via two SCR catalytic converters (hence double AdBlue injection), the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission levels are significantly reduced in comparison to the previous model, making the Caddy’s TDI engines among the cleanest diesel engines in the world.
Also available is a turbocharged TSI petrol engine delivering 114hp.
The world premiere of the new compact camper is set to take place virtually at the beginning of September.