Aside from the performance models, Volkswagen has also introduced something aimed more towards utility. This year marks the launch of the all-new Caddy, the automaker's compact utility vehicle and MPV.
Now riding on the new chassis used by the Golf and Jetta, the 2020 Caddy also presents significant gains in technology over the outgoing model. There are three styles to choose from, namely Caddy Life MPV, Cargo (along with long-wheelbase MaxiCargo), and the high-riding Caddy PanAmericana.
It still retains the upright look of past versions but Volkswagen says they have smoothed out the looks to enhance aerodynamics. This, in turn, aids in fuel economy which VW also says has been improved. The new vans adapt the current design language of the brand with its polygonal headlights and slim front grill. Also, its windshield is noticeably more rakish than ever to help deliver smoother airflow. Volkswagen kept the sliding doors for ease of entry and exit. Depending on the body style chosen, the tailgate is of the swing-up or dual swing-out variety.
The company went to great lengths to shed some of its utilitarian roots when it came to interior design. Inside, there are a multitude of display screens available, depending on the options chosen. A fully digital instrument cluster can be specified, along with a large infotainment screen. The look of the dash itself has a geometric theme with angles and edges from front to rear. Even the center stack is driver oriented, likely to give a more car-like impression than utility vehicle. Other (optional) tech in the Caddy include Travel Assist adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and Trailer Assist, just to name a few.
Engine choices include a mix of turbodiesels in various states of tune, one turbo gas mill or even a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) option. Front wheel drive is the standard drivetrain will all-wheel drive available at added cost. Transmissions, on the other hand, consist of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
The Caddy is primarily a European model but it is also offered in other parts of the world, namely China. But unless SAIC VW will build the all-new Caddy, the odds of it being sold here are slim.