Just a couple of weeks after the 2015 Volkswagen Caddy was unveiled at Poznan, Volkswagen has displayed the larger Caddy Maxi for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Caddy Maxi boasts a 320mm longer wheelbase than the standard, and features a better payload and load volume.
It’s been 12 years since the current generation hit the market, and in many ways the Volkswagen Caddy had fallen behind some of the competition. Practicality and safety have been the main aims of the update, while the chassis and underpinnings remain relatively untouched.
As with the standard model, it appears not much has changed on the outside either. The lights, bumper and grille are all new, but because they’re relatively similar to the previous generation, the overall impression is nearly identical. The biggest change on the exterior is to the rear lights.
In contrast to the light exterior redesign, the interior has been changed significantly. It retains its smart appearance, but with new decorative trims with integrated air vents and a new generation of infotainment systems.
The payload now exceeds one tonne for the first time, which brings it in-line with newer competition like the Fiat Doblo Cargo, Ford Transit Connect and the Vauxhall Combo. With a new maximum payload of 1,005kg, the load volume remains the same at 4.2 cubic metres.
Front Assist is now standard, which monitors the surrounding traffic, and automatically brakes if it suspects a collision is imminent in speeds of up to 19mph. Multi-collision Brake System applies brakes after a collision if the driver is unable to do so, further reducing the severity of the incident.
Other available options are the Light Assist and Driver Alert systems. The latter recognises any deviations from normal driving behaviour and recommends to the driver when a break is necessary. Also available is the option of a heated windscreen, which helps to ensure a permanently good view no matter the weather.
Adaptive Cruise Control is now an optional feature for the first time, as is a rear reversing camera and Park Assist.
Like the new Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, the new Caddy Maxi is Euro-6 compliant. Volkswagen has yet to publish the Adblue consumption rate, but it’s expected to be around 1,000 miles per gallon. Powering of 74bhp, 101bhp and 148bhp are available on the 2-litre diesel engine.
Pricing and availability
The new Caddy and Caddy Maxi will be launched in Germany at the end of June, with UK vehicles will arrive later in the year. UK specifications and prices for the Caddy and Caddy Maxi will be announced in due course.