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by Tim Beissmann

Volkswagen has revealed the first images and details of the 2011 Volkswagen Caddy range ahead of its debut at the IAA Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show in September.

The European engine range has been overhauled and now includes six different engines: two 1.2-litre TSI petrol units (producing 63kW and 77kW), two 1.6-litre TDI units (55kW and 75kW) and two 2.0-litre TDI units (81kW and 103kW). Volkswagen claims the engines (all Euro V-compliant) are up to 13 percent more fuel efficient than the units they replace.

Further enhancing its environmental credentials, the 1.6-litre TDI Caddy is available with BlueMotion technologies including start/stop and battery regeneration which can reduce CO2 emissions to 129g/km, boost fuel economy to 4.96 litres/100km and extend range to 1182km.

Volkswagen’s seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive system have been introduced to the range for the first time, while ESP is standard across all models. Other safety features include daytime running lamps and automatic hazard light activation under emergency braking. Roof rails are also available for the first time.

The visual updates bring the Caddy’s styling in line with the rest of the Volkswagen range. The dark headlight housings, wide lower air intake and twin-bar horizontal grille gives the Caddy a more aggressive, purposeful appearance, while inside similarities with the Polo and Golf promote a car-like feel.

In the driver’s seat, new instruments, steering wheels, audio and navigation systems and the option of Bluetooth connectivity add to a more comfortable and user-friendly cabin, while down back the ability to remove the second row of seats in all models increases maximum load capacity to 3030 litres in the five-seat Caddy and 3880 litres in the Caddy Maxi.

Pricing of the 2011 Volkswagen Caddy range is set to start from 13,595 Euros ($19,600) overseas, with full details of specifications and pricing to be released next month.

Volkswagen Australia’s Karl Gehling said Australian customers could expect to see the new Caddy in showrooms late in 2010, with details to be announced closer to its launch.




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