For that freshly ironed look

The fourth- gen­er­a­tion Caddy has ar­rived to show the com­peti­tors how mini vans are done

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - AL­WYN VILJOEN

VOLK­SWA­GEN Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles launched the fourth­gen­er­a­tion Caddy panel van range in the Mid­lands to­day.

The third- gen­er­a­tion ve­hi­cle saw about 23 400 Cad­dys be­ing sold to busi­nesses and large fam­i­lies in South Africa dur­ing its 11year life cy­cle.

VW say the new Caddy has been en­hanced and re­fined in ev­ery area to en­sure that it con­tin­ues to be the bench­mark in its seg­ment. Three mod­els are avail­able in nine de­riv­a­tives, from the ba­sic Caddy to the pop­u­lar Crew Bus and the Panel Van. While the Trend­line is the most lux­u­ri­ous, the CrossCaddy is the most trendy.

De­sign

As with all VW de­signs, the Caddy sports that freshly ironed look with sharp creases and un­wrin­kled sur­faces.

The fourth- gen­er­a­tion has, how­ever, moved away from round el­e­ments to a square, more edgy look, giv­ing what VW called in its press kit more “pres­ence, ex­clu­siv­ity and dy­namism”.

The ac­cen­tu­ated lines and shapes con­tinue in­side, where a hor­i­zon­tal band with in­te­grated air vents and a new gen­er­a­tion of in­fo­tain­ment equip­ment un­der­line the new Caddy’s mod­ern look.

En­gines

An en­gi­neer­ing maxim that en­sure prof­itabil­ity is not to fix what ain’t bro­ken, which is why the new Caddy uses the same en­gines as the third- gen­er­a­tion.

The power has, how­ever, been tweaked, with the 1,6- petrol en­gine in the Panel Van and Crew Bus now mak­ing 81 kW in­stead of 75 kW. Note, the Crew Bus only comes with this diesel en­gine.

The two- litre TDI en­gines are set to make 81 kW or 103 kW and are sold on all the vari­ants.

The 1,6- litre and 2,0 TDI with 81 kW are both avail­able with a five- speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Mean­while, the 2,0 TDI with 103 kW is only of­fered with a sixspeed DSG trans­mis­sion.

Stan­dard fea­tures

Stan­dard safety fea­tures in all mod­els in­clude ABS, ESP, mul­ti­col­li­sion brak­ing sys­tem, driver and front pas­sen­ger air bags, hill hold ( only avail­able with 103 kW) and fa­tigue de­tec­tion ( stan­dard in 103 kW and op­tional in other de­riv­a­tives).

The spe­cial edi­tion Panel Van Sport fea­tures 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 fog lights and mul­ti­func­tion dis­play).

The Trend­line adds elec­tric side mir­rors and win­dows, a CDra­dio with Blue­tooth, USB port and six speak­ers, al­loy wheels, cli­matic man­ual air- con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, draw­ers un­der the front seats, a leather steer­ing wheel, mul­ti­func­tion dis­play and speed- sen­si­tive power steer­ing.

Op­tional fea­tures

Cus­tomers of the new Caddy can in­di­vid­u­alise their cars with a va­ri­ety of the op­tional fea­tures. The op­tional fea­tures for the Panel Van and Crew Bus in­clude tow bar, 15 and 16- inch al­loy wheels, park dis­tance con­trol and ra­dio- CD sys­tems.

For the Trend­line, the op­tions on of­fer are mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing, seven- seater pack­age, bi- xenon headlights, light and sight pack­age ( light and rain sen­sors, cruise con­trol and auto dim­ming rear- view mir­ror).

A two year/ un­lim­ited kilo­me­tres war­ranty and a three­year/ 60 000 km Au­to­mo­tion Ser­vice Plan are in­cluded with all

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The staff at Barons in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg look for­ward to show­ing sedan driv­ers why a crew bus like that of the new Caddy is al­ways best for fam­ily lug­ging ( Seen here in Euro­pean spec­i­fi­ca­tion.)

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