The little Volkswagen Caddy van has a miniature camper version on the way, and these sketches are our first glimpse at this tiny recreation machine. VW claims it is as comfy to sleep in this teeny-weeny RV as in the much larger California.
Based on the fifth-generation Caddy, this model is for a couple or small family who wants to go on a weekend adventure. The cabin has camping chairs and a table that stow away. For extra storage, there are bags against the walls that can double as privacy screens for the windows.
Gallery: Volkswagen Caddy Mini Camper Teaser
When it's time to sleep, occupants can deploy a bed that measures nearly 6.5 feet (2 meters) long. Folks can gaze at the stars through a 15.1 square-foot (1.4 square-meter) panorama glass roof. If it's allowing too much light into the cabin it's possible to darken the panel and the other windows.
VW's teaser sketches also suggest the company intends to offer a tent that attaches to the rear hatch. It would greatly expand the area for stretching out.
For a more relaxing time getting to the campsite, this camper has VW's Travel Assist adaptive cruise control. Trailer Assist makes towing easier, too.
Customers have several powertrain options. The four-cylinder diesel is available with 74 horsepower (55 kilowatts) or 121 hp (90 kW). There's also a gasoline engine with 113 hp (84 kW).
The little, Caddy-based camper will get a full debut in September. VW's commercial vehicle division doesn't have a presence in the US, so don't look for this tiny rig to come to America. The Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender with its pop-up roof seems to fill a somewhat similar role in the country, though.
Sleeping under the stars: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles shows first images of the new Mini- Camper
Mobile home based on the new Caddy suitable for everyday use
Completely redeveloped interior
As comfortable to sleep in as the bigger models California camping furniture also on board
Hannover, 30 July 2020 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents first images and information for the successor to the Caddy Beach. The new Mini-camper is based on the completely revamped 5th generation of the Caddy. There are a whole host of new features. One example is the entirely new bed concept that has been redeveloped to offer greater versatility. Technology in the compact camper van is definitely state-of-the-art. And a touch of romance is also included, with the panorama glass roof offering a night under the stars.
Since 2005, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has been selling a compact mobile home based on the Caddy as a standard production model. From the outset, the aim has been to retain everyday utility and to design the fittings such as storage bags and bed area to be removable. This is also true of the latest generation. The small brother of the California is an absolute all-rounder for the young family, sport and hobby users or the group known as “best agers”. In short, it is intended for all who seek maximum flexibility from their car, so that they can embark on
the occasional spontaneous micro-adventure.
One of the new highlights is the opportunity to gaze at the stars through the 1.4-square-metre panorama glass roof before dozing off. Those who prefer to sleep in the dark or wish to avoid being woken by the sun in the morning can of course also darken all of the windows, including the glass roof. Ensuring comfort while sleeping on the almost two-metre-long bed are disc spring elements, as used in the beds of the California or Grand California as well.
Cleverly stowed in the rear are the popular and lightweight camping chairs and table from the California models. The two practical storage bags can be taken inside the home for easy loading. They also serve as privacy screens inside the vehicle when fastened in the rear window sections.
The new Caddy features 19 assistance systems for comfort and safety while travelling. Included among them is Travel Assist, which for the first time ever enables assisted driving in a Volkswagen commercial vehicle over the entire range of speeds. Also new in the Caddy and familiar from the Crafter and the T series are Trailer Assist, which makes reverse manoeuvring with a trailer significantly easier, as well as the Side-Assist and Rear Traffic Alert.
Like the driver assistance systems, the Caddy’s new four-cylinder engines are also innovative. They are from the next stage of engine evolution, fulfil the 2021 Euro 6 emissions standards and are all fitted with particulate filters. Also being used for the first time in the TDI units – which have power outputs between 55kW / 75 PS and 90 kW / 122 PS – is the new twin dosing system. Via two SCR catalytic converters and hence double AdBlue injection, the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission levels are significantly reduced in comparison to the previous model, making the Caddy’s TDI engines among the cleanest diesel engines in the world.
Also efficient and sustainable are a turbocharged petrol engine (TSI) delivering 84 kW / 116 PS.
The world premiere of the new compact camper is set to take place virtually at the beginning of September.
The Campervan is the perfect partner for a spontaneous micro-adventure.
The living space can be significantly expanded with a rear tent. So the Mini-Camper becomes a glamping lodge.
Sleeping comfort as in a California and, if desired, also under a 1.4m2 panora roof.