Not quite a Kombi, but VW will soon sell you a ready-made camper based on its Caddy light van

Want a cheap camper van that can be driven out of the dealer? Volkswagen Australia reckons it has you covered.

The company has announced the special edition Caddy Beach will be available from the fourth quarter of this year, priced at $44,990 before on-road costs.

This spiritual little sibling to the Trakkadu is based on the $39,000 Caddy Maxi Trendline derivative, with its 92kW/220Nm turbo-petrol engine and DSG transmission.

You get cool add-ons like a fold-out bed, walkthrough tent at the tailgate, two folding camp chairs and a table, block out curtains, a rechargeable torch and various storage bags. Alas, no 4Motion all-wheel drive or diesel heater…

All this can be stowed away, making the Caddy Beach a regular five-seater people carrier when not on camp duties.

Standard fare includes a touchscreen with App-Connect, plus safety tech including autonomous braking, active cruise control and lane-keeping assist. There are also bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch alloys and six colour options.

“This marks our return to the campervan market in Australia,” said Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia marketing manager, Nicholas Reid.

“With the iconic and ubiquitous Kombi van, Volkswagen forged a strong connection with travellers and explorers around the world. The Caddy Beach continues this tradition with the latest in engineering and technology.”