Volkswagen may be focused on a pure-electric future, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten about their current lineup of vehicles with combustion engines. The same goes for their niche models, such as this newly introduced Caddy PanAmericana. It's effectively a Caddy that can go offroad (somewhat), and it's a replacement for the Alltrack version offered in the previous generation model.
While we did say it can go “off-road”, don't expect it to be a trail monster. It's effectively a dress-up kit for the all-new short wheelbase Caddy, which debuted last year. It gains off-road touches such as 17-inch two-tone wheels, a roof-rack, black wheel arches, and a side decal inspired by the Pan-America Highway, hence the name.
Other rugged details include silver-painted faux skid plates on the front and rear. For this variant, LED headlights are standard as well. Customers can also choose from the following colors: Copper Bronze, Starlight Blue, and Reflex Silver, Deep Black Pearl Effect, and Candy White.
Thankfully, the Caddy Panamericana's off-road looks aren't all show. Under the hood, it's powered by either a turbo 1.5-liter TSI engine with 113 horsepower or a 2.0-liter TDI diesel, available with either 100 or 120 horsepower. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Caddy PanAmericana is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive depending on the engine and gearbox.
The Caddy PanAmericana seems like a great platform for those that want to go out on an adventure with a bit of light trail. Unfortunately, the chances of it arriving in the country are slim. A few years back, Volkswagen Philippines did offer the previous-generation Caddy in the country (along with a facelift in 2018). However, the model was dropped from the lineup following the brand's shift to SAIC-built models.
There is a silver lining, though. Volkswagen PH's upcoming model, the “Kombi” Multivan, will be sourced from Europe instead of China. With that, does this mean we can see people movers from Europe like the Caddy PanAmericana in the Philippines once again? We certainly hope so.