Contrary to an earlier set of sketches, the next-generation van will be a mild stylistic evolution of today's vehicle.
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The next-generation Volkswagen Caddy has been teased again ahead of its debut in February.

While the sketches issued by the company last month had a much more sporty front end with a wraparound windscreen, and slim headlights with teardrop extensions, the latest images supplied by Volkswagen paint a much more conservative — and likely more accurate — picture of the upcoming van.

Up front there's a familiar Volkswagen design for the headlights and upper grille with the chrome bar from the grille flowing straight into one of the lighting elements.

Along the side the rectangular van shape is livened up somewhat by a shoulder crease that varies in thickness.

The cheese-grater-style lower air intake, as well as the supersized alloy wheels, will probably be toned for the production car.

Some of the elements from the December sketch could be used in a future Caddy variant, possibly an off-road-focussed people mover model.

Under the skin the new Caddy is expected to finally make use of Volkswagen's MQB architecture, which should ensure the new van is stiffer, yet lighter than before.

It will also allow the Caddy to be fitted with the latest safety and infotainment components, as well as 48V mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

Spy photos we published last year show the next-generation Caddy will have a wide touchscreen infotainment unit mounted high on the dashboard and angled towards the driver.

If the rumours are correct, the new Caddy will be available in two body lengths, and be sold as a commercial van with barn doors at the rear, or a people mover with rear windows and a lift-up tailgate.