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New Volkswagen Caddy California

The fifth-generation model gets a variable living, sleeping and storage space, making it ideal for everyday living and travelling.

Volkswagen is one of the biggest names in the camper business, with its classic models becoming so iconic that fans still purchase the firm’s new van-based models. The latest addition is the Caddy California, a small camper based on VW’s smallest van.




Interior

The cabin of the new Caddy gets all the creature comforts of the brand’s passenger cars, meaning it has fantastic build quality and plenty of on-board technology including a digital cockpit and the latest generation infotainment.

The most interesting stuff is in the back, though. The Caddy Camper is available in a length of 4,501mm at launch, with a longer version (4,853mm) coming in 2021. It gets a mini kitchen and a fold-out bed, with the second row of seats easily removable if you’re planning to make use of the bed.

Exterior

On the outside, the new Caddy gets a stylish makeover that makes it a genuinely handsome thing – who said vans have to be boring? Up front, the headlights have a robust, blocky design, but work well with the grille to give the Caddy a wide, muscular appearance.

Lower in the bumper there’s a cool diamond-shaped grille design that fades from being wide open to closed, something that’s genuinely unique. Meanwhile, at the rear, the tall, darkened rear lights give off a sophisticated appearance.

Technology

VW doesn’t hold back on technology for its commercial vehicles, and now the Caddy is based on the latest MQB platform, it can get the newest infotainment system. It gets a new Digital Cockpit ahead of the driver, a 10-inch Discover Pro navigation system and access to mobile online services.

A new California on Tour app acts as a handy travel companion, showing all the information you could need for camping, while new driver assistance technology has been added, including trailer assist, which helps with parking a trailer.

Performance 

The Caddy California comes with new turbo diesel engines that use a twin SCR catalytic converter and AdBlue twin-dosing to allay any concerns about nitrogen oxide emissions – it’s much cleaner than before.

The diesel engines are available in two outputs: 74bhp and 120bhp. These torquey engines will make heading off the beaten track a breeze, which can be further improved through the option of a four-wheel-drive drivetrain instead of the standard front-wheel-drive setup.

Trim Levels

With the Caddy California being so new, Volkswagen hasn’t announced pricing and specifications just yet. Expect standard equipment to include the new infotainment system and basic safety equipment, as well as the mini kitchen and fold-out bed. However, more advanced technology such as the trailer assist and digital cockpit will likely only be included on higher trim levels.

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