New Volkswagen Caddy California to start out from £29,965
That value will get a regular wheelbase mannequin outfitted with a 1.5 TSI petrol engine producing 112bhp and a six-speed handbook gearbox. Above that mannequin sits a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 120bhp and a seven-speed DSG auto, which prices £34,699.
Each engine choices for the California Caddy can be had within the bigger Maxi physique type. The Maxi grows 353mm longer than the usual mannequin (wheelbase is up 215mm), and prices £1,320 extra.
Each fashions are fitted with all the standard tenting accompaniments plus Volkswagen’s newest vary of in-car expertise, made doable by sharing its MQB underpinnings with lots of VW’s normal automotive vary, together with the Golf Mk8.
As normal, energy is distributed to the entrance wheels solely, though Volkswagen additionally says that the Caddy California can be obtainable with four-wheel drive at a later date, together with extra engine choices.
On the surface, the California seems nearly equivalent to the Volkswagen Caddy MPV, a mannequin that’s but to be confirmed for the UK. It retains the identical alloy wheels, LED headlamps, vertical tail lights, roof rails and 1.4 square-metre panoramic glass roof because the passenger mannequin.
On the rear, Volkswagen has fitted a space-saving pull-out kitchenette, which features a gasoline hob, cutlery tray and a storage field for meals and cooking utensils. Additionally, because the kitchen is mounted on the rear of the car, the Caddy’s tailgate doubles as a weathershield to supply safety from the rain whereas cooking.
Consumers additionally get the identical foldable tenting chairs and desk from the bigger California, which may be stowed in baggage beneath the mattress – and there’s loads of scope for add-ons akin to roof racks and removable awnings. What’s extra, the mattress may be eliminated fully to show the California again right into a van.
Lastly, Volkswagen has launched a brand new, modular tent system designed particularly for the Caddy California. It may both be related to the rear of the campervan or used independently. Volkswagen says the tent will increase the dimensions of the campervan’s residing house, permitting sufficient room for a household of 4.
As with the usual Caddy, the California will use VW’s newest MIB3 infotainment setup, which incorporates a central display measuring as much as 8.25 inches throughout. Air-con, electrical door mirrors and peak and lumbar adjustable entrance seats are normal, as is a number of security gear, together with lane help, cruise management, a driver alert system and Volkswagen’s trailer-assist system.
With even the most costly Maxi priced at £36,019, the Caddy California offers campers a less expensive various to the California, which begins from £55,484 in Seaside Tour trim, or you possibly can purchase a pair of Caddy Californias for the value of the most affordable VW Crafter-based Grand California (from £74,701).
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