Vans may not attract much interest from hardcore car enthusiasts, but their uncompromising benefits should not be overlooked. Volkswagen sees this as a further development of a new generation of VW Caddy vans, which urgently need to be overhauled. The current model came in 2003 with facelifts in 2010 and 2015, but the model still rides on old bones – and that does not fit the Volkswagen of 2019.
The new Caddy will drive on the MBQ platform from VW, on which many of the company's latest models are based. While spy photos show the caddy in normal size, there should be a longer maxi version, although it is rumored that Volkswagen integrates the Caddy as a T7 Life Caddy in the VW T7 series. It will join the T7 Multivan while the T7 family will replace the Sharan.
While VW needs to maintain the box-like proportions of the van – otherwise it would not be a van – the automaker gives it a modern look. The front end looks a bit longer and more car-friendly than before with the classic closed grille. The sliding doors return while the rear is being reworked. The small square taillights have disappeared and are replaced by units that seemingly reach from the waistline to the roof.
The move of the caddy to VW's MBQ platform will also help in optimizing packaging, optimizing cargo space and passenger compartment his. The platform also allows VW to easily integrate new, alternative powertrains such as a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the vehicle to meet increasingly stringent European emission standards.
The Volkswagen Caddy could be moved to the first quarter of 2021 before selling this year in the second half of next year . As soon as the Caddy is delivered, Volkswagen will replace the Sharan with the T7 the following year .