VW draws picture of new Caddy mini-camper

The VW Caddy-based camper.

The VW Caddy-based camper.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the first images and details of the successor to the Caddy Beach.

The world premiere of the new compact camper is set to take place virtually at the beginning of September.

The new mini-camper is based on the new generation Caddy van and VW says it boasts a host of new features. One example is the new bed concept that, it says, has been redeveloped to offer greater versatility.

The German manufacturer boasts that technology in the compact camper van is definitely state-of-the-art. A panoramic glass roof is also included.

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. VW says this is also true of the latest generation.

The new model is intended for all who seek maximum flexibility from their vehicle. 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 glassroof. VW says to ensure comfort while sleeping on the almost two-metre-long bed, disc spring elements, as used in the beds of the bigger California, have been used.

Volkswagen Commercials says 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. Included among them is 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 are Trailer Assist, which makes reverse manoeuvring with a trailer significantly easier.

VW boasts that the Caddy’s new four-cylinder engines are also innovative, from the next stage of engine evolution, fulfill the 2021 Euro 6 emissions standards, and are all fitted with particulate filters.

Also being used for the first time in the TDI units - which have power outputs between 55kW/75PS and 90 W/122PS - is the new twin dosing system. Via two SCR catalytic converters and hence double Ad Blue injection, VW claims the nitrogen oxide (NOx ) emission levels are significantly reduced in comparison to the previous model. It goes on to boast that this makes the Caddy’s TDI engines among the cleanest diesel engines in the world. It also says the turbocharged petrol engine (TSI ) delivering 84kW/11 PS is also efficient and sustainable.


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