Yes, please. There is something about the Volkswagen Cross Caddy that just appeals to us. Similar in size to the Ford Transport, the Caddy is largely a commercial vehicle sold in Europe. But Volkswagen has gone one further and announced a Cross Caddy version that features larger wheels, flared wheel arches, cool green paint from the Scirocco and a host of other changes that make this the coolest Caddy yet. We don’t *need* one, but hell, we want one. Would make one very cool lifestyle vehicle for bikes, surfboards, snowboards and anything else you could imagine. We’ll bug our friends at Volkswagen of America and see what they think. Meanwhile the full Volkswagen press release follows below…
Hanover, 14th September 2012 – From 2013 the new Cross Caddy will be joining the successful Cross model portfolio alongside the Polo, Golf and Touran models of the same name to complete the Cross lifestyle family.
The Caddy Edition 30 is already quite different from the standard Caddy. However, the Cross Caddy ‘goes one better’: with its striking 17-inch ‘Canyon’ wheels fitted with
205 / 50 R 17 tyres and new ‘Viper Green’ colour (familiar from the Scirocco), this Caddy differs appreciably from every other model in the range.
Thanks to its individualised exterior elements the new Cross Caddy is instantly recognisable as a stand-alone model. The black coverings of the wheelarches and side sills and on the lower edges of the front and rear bumpers convey a rugged appearance. They stand out strikingly from the attachments, which are painted in the vehicle’s body colour and form a cohesive whole with the side sills, which are pulled right up into the doors. The front and rear silver undercarriage guards and the side impact protection bars on the sills complete the off-road look. The tinted rear side and back windows and the darkened rear light clusters also provide clear visual distinguishing features.
In addition to a unique design the autonomous ‘Cross’ brand also stands for a specially designed set of features. In addition to wheels and vehicle body kit, the new Cross Caddy boasts an attractive level of trim: a silver roof rail, air outlets painted gloss black with silver rims, front seats in two-tone design, height- and length-adjustable central armrest, steering wheel and leather trim with grey stitching on gear knob and handbrake lever and contrasting door interior trim create the appropriate ambience. Based on the Trendline specification, the Cross Caddy is available as a five- or seven-seater with short wheelbase both in ‘Viper Green’ and in another eight alternative colours.
Available for the Cross Caddy, which is aimed primarily at customers who like an individual style with an outdoor focus and practical requirements, is the full range of engines. This includes TSI, TDI, natural gas and LPG engines ranging in power from 63 kW (86 PS) to 125 kW (170 PS), plus versions with DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive. As of early 2013, this lifestyle-focussed all-rounder will thus be offering an almost unlimited choice.