- 2015 will see new Caddy and Transporter
- 2016 will see new Amarok and Crafter
- New Crafter factory being built in Poland
Also read: New vans for 2015 and 2016.
Volkswagen is to update or replace its complete commercial vehicle range by 2016. The Volkswagen Amarok pickup, is to receive a minor facelift next year, while all new versions of the Volkswagen Caddy, Volkswagen Transporter T6 and Volkswagen Crafter are set to be launched. All models will have Euro-6 compliant engines from the start.
The Volkswagen Caddy, Volkswagen Crafter and Volkswagen Transporter T6 are all starting to look their age, and rank poorly when it comes to fuel efficiency (See Caddy fuel economy comparison, Crafter fuel economy comparison and Transporter fuel economy comparison). Meanwhile, the Amarok hasn’t been altered since its introduction in 2010.
Volkswagen is also looking into the possibility of introducing petrol engines into the Volkswagen Caddy and Volkswagen Transporter.
Over the past 20 years, the Volkswagen Caddy has earned itself a reputation as a solid and reliable little van. Fuel economy of the current generation is poor though, especially when compared to newer competition.
The 1.6-litre and 2-litre engines and basic architecture remain the same, although engineers also took the opportunity to raise the payload to over one tonne, update the cab and introduce a number of driver aids and safety systems.
Expected autumn 2015. Read more on the 2015 Volkswagen Caddy.
Volkswagen’s legendary Transporter van will also be updated for 2015. The all new model keeps the 2-litre TDi engine and similar loading dimensions, but there is a new dashboard, infotainment systems, safety systems and better fuel economy.
Although exact specifications have yet to be released, the four load area dimensions are expected to provide load volumes of between 5.8 and 9.3 cubic metres and payloads of between 750kg and 1,350kg.
Expected autumn 2015. Read more on the 2015 Volkswagen Transporter T6.
2016 Volkswagen Amarok
Volkswagen is yet to make an official announcement on the Volkswagen Amarok, and therefore it remains to be seen what the update will include. The changes aren’t expected to be extravagant as the Transporter or the Caddy, but there will be a minor facelift and changes to the interior.
Expected summer 2016.
By far the biggest change to the range will be seen on the Volkswagen Crafter. The current Crafter is only vehicle not to be built by Volkswagen (it’s built by Mercedes-Benz at the Sprinter factory), and sales fall well short of the rest of the VWCV range.
Volkswagen is currently constructing a factory in Poland, as the home for the next generation Crafter. Little is known about the new Crafter, but Volkswagen has already demonstrated its Euro-6 capabilities in the current Crafter, so it’s likely the 2-litre TDi will stay.
Expected autumn 2016. Read more on the 2016 Volkswagen Crafter here.