Volkswagen Australia has announced details for the new Caddy Beach camper van, with prices starting at $46,990 drive-away.
Dubbed as the "most affordable and cleverest recreational vehicle on sale today" by the director of Volkswagen's local commercial division, the Caddy Beach is based on the long-wheelbase Maxi Trendline grade and gains a host of lifestyle-oriented features.
Headlining the spec sheet are a 2.3m x 2.0m tailgate tent with walkthrough feature and ventilation window, a removable fold-up bed, storage bags for the rear windows, two folding camp chairs and a folding camp table, opaque block-out curtains for the windscreen, tailgate, along with the front and rear windows, in addition to a magnetic rechargeable torch.
On top of the Beach-specific content, the camper van sports five seats (the second row folds and can be removed), automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, dark-tinted tail-lights, rear privacy glass, 17-inch 'Canyon' alloys with a full-size spare, 701mm sliding rear doors, body-coloured bumpers, handles and mirror housings, cloth trim, and a 6.33-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There's also a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, front fog-lights with cornering function, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, along with an array of storage cubbies and three 12V sockets.
Power comes from a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with idle stop/start technology, producing 92kW (@4800rpm) and 220Nm (@1500-3500rpm).
Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic, while Volkswagen claims the Caddy Beach will sip just 6.0L/100km of premium unleaded (95 RON minimum) on the combined cycle.
Unladen, the Caddy Beach weighs in at 1653 kilograms, and has a braked tow rating of up to 1300kg. Behind the first row of seats, the camper van offers up to 3880L of cargo volume depending on the interior configuration.
Seven exterior paint finishes will be available locally, including the eye-catching Sandstorm Yellow (pictured) and Viper Green metallic finishes, with premium paints available at no extra cost.
Volkswagen is also offering a range of accessories, from bike rails to roof boxes and tow bars, so buyers can further equip their Caddy Beach according to their needs.
Like the wider range, the Caddy Beach is covered by Volkswagen Australia's five year, unlimited kilometre warranty with capped-price servicing and 12 months of roadside assistance. It's available to order now.
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