Volkswagen has announced local specification for the soon-to-arrive fifth-generation Caddy. Scheduled to retail in South Africa from November 2021, the new version of the German marque’s compact van boasts fresh exterior and interior designs, more spacious dimensions, and new technologies. 

Based on VW’s ubiquitous Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the all-new model’s bodywork has been redesigned to “more charismatic” than ever before. “Thanks to the MQB platform,” VW says, “new high-end technologies now find their way into the Caddy range.”

VW Caddy
Short-wheelbase “Cargo” model boasts a loading capacity of 3.1 m3. The “Maxi” version offers a load volume of 3.7 m3.

On the outside, the new-generation Caddy offers a number of new features, such as new LED head- and taillamps, body-coloured bumpers, and black roof rails. Optional exterior fitment includes a panoramic sunroof, removable tow bar and 16-inch alloy wheels. 12 body hues are on offer.

The brand-new version will be launched in three levels of specification, each available in short- and long-wheelbase guises. Designed to suit customers’ distinct needs, these are Caddy and Caddy Maxi, Caddy Kombi and Caddy Maxi Kombi, and Caddy Cargo and Caddy Maxi Cargo. 

VW Caddy
Cruise control optional on “Kombi”.

As standard, the entry-level Caddy ships with a five-seat seating arrangement, with the “Maxi” version offering seating for seven occupants. The “Kombi”-badged derivatives features black bumpers, steel wheels, halogen headlamps and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold functionality. Cargo models, meanwhile, gain daytime-running lights, a single sliding door for the standard version and a duo of sliding doors for the long-wheelbase derivative, split rear doors, and brake assist system, among others. 

Interior highlights include a “modern” instrument cluster; new infotainment system, complete with VW’s smartphone-compatible Composition Comfort setup; and a roof vent “for better climate control”. An array of new assistance systems are on offer. These include cruise control; park assist, supplemented by rear-view reverse camera; and trailer manoeuvring. 

VW Caddy
Two engine options will be on offer.

Locally, the new version of VW’s compact van will be available with the option of a 1.6-litre MPI engine and 2.0-litre TDI. The four-cylinder petrol motor produces 81 KW and 152 N.m of torque for a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.3 L/100 km. The four-cylinder turbodiesel unit develops 81 kW and 300 N.m. According to VW, the 2.0 TDI sips only 5.5 L/100 km.