The Volkswagen Caddy is set to be updated for the 2020 model year, the first major overhaul since 2003. The German manufacturer released teaser images of the VW Caddy 2020 in December, before the world premiere in February.
While the ‘Caddy’ nameplate dates back to 1979, the early iteration was a small pickup truck and the first Caddy van only arrived in 1995. The second-generation arrived in 2003 and, despite facelifts in 2010 and 2015, the model remained relatively unchanged – structurally – for 17 years.
Volkswagen is keen to stress that the 2020 VW Caddy is ‘100 per cent new, 100 per cent Caddy’. The new Caddy is also likely to form the basis of the new generation Ford Transit Connect as the two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of commercial vehicles.
In January 2020, the new model was spotted testing near Kiruna in northern Sweden. Click images to enlarge.
The designers have placed a lot of attention creating a more sporty and sleek appearance, and this has been emphasised by a more sloping roofline, a narrower radiator grille, enhanced ‘flow lines’ and vertically arranged, slim LED lights at the rear.
Practical elements include the larger side panels for signwriting and the larger rear windows for better visibility.
VW Caddy 2020 payload and dimensions
No technical details have been released so far and, as its an all-new chassis design, its inevitable the dimensions will differ significantly. As with the current generation, Volkswagen will offer a short and long wheelbase derivative (called the Caddy Maxi) and they will offer load volumes of around 3.2 and 4.2 cubic metres.
Due to all the extra equipment to reduce emissions and increase safety, its likely Volkswagen will follow suit of other manufacturers and use more expensive and lighter materials in the construction of the new Caddy. This will help retain the payload of up to 800kg on the short wheelbase and around 1,000kg on the long wheelbase.
2020 Caddy electric
Volkswagen made a U-turn on its decision to launch the current-generation Caddy electric, which has been developed with ABT, in right-hand drive markets.
However, sources at the company have revealed that the new model has been designed to accommodate large lithium-ion batteries underneath the chassis, although the exact spec of these batteries is yet to be announced.
VW has focused a lot of its energy on electric since its emission scandal. Over €30bn (the company’s entire profits between 2015 and 2018) is to be ploughed into electrification by 2023, with 70 new electric vehicle products in the group by 2030. This puts it well ahead of any other European manufacturer and only slightly behind Tesla.
VW Caddy 2020 price and release
The 2020 VW Caddy is expected to come with a modest price hike of around £500, therefore Startline models will be priced from around £17,200 plus VAT and flagship Highline models from around £20,500 plus VAT. The new model will go into production at the factory in Poznan, Poland in around March 2020 and enter UK showrooms in September 2020.