The new variants join the best-selling Volkswagen Caddy small van range, which until recently had been a petrol only offering in its current generation.
There are three diesel versions are all powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with 75kW of power (at 4000rpm) and 250Nm of torque (from 1300-2800rpm), and the derivatives bear the TDI250 moniker as a result. All diesel Caddy models are fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with propulsion via the front wheels.
The three versions include the short-wheelbase two-seat model, the long-wheelbase two-seat Maxi, and the five-seat Maxi Crew van. Fuel consumption for all three versions is claimed at 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
The diesel models all attract a premium over their equivalent petrol models: the most affordable model is $31,590 (all prices plus on-road costs), while the Maxi van is $33,790 and the Maxi Crew costs $35,790.
At the other end of the scale is the Caddy Runner, which uses a downsized 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 62kW of power (at 4800rpm) and 160Nm of torque (from 1500-3500rpm), and as such it bears the TSI160 nameplate. It is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox, and is front-drive.
The list pricing for it is $24,990 drive-away, and it's expected to be a promotional model that could disappear after the end of financial year.
The remaining petrol TSI220 Caddy and Caddy Maxi van models, with the 1.4-litre petrol engine and six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox options remain. In late 2016, Volkswagen added standard collision avoidance safety kit to the Caddy range, giving it class-leading tech.
2017 Volkswagen Caddy van range pricing (plus on-road costs):
TSI160 SWB Runner manual - $24,990
TSI220 SWB auto - $29,290
TSI220 LWB Maxi manual - $28,590
TSI220 LWB Maxi auto - $31,590
TSI220 LWB Maxi Crew manual - $30,090
TSI220 LWB Maxi Crew auto - $33,090
TDI250 SWB auto - $31,590
TDI250 LWB auto - $33,790
TDI250 LWB auto - $35,790