An evolutionary exterior redesign will likely be accompanied by the modern MQB architecture and Volkswagen’s latest cabin technology.
The next-generation Volkswagen Caddy has been spotted undergoing cold weather testing in northern Europe.
Unlike the prototype cargo van spotted back in April, this vehicle is a people mover variant – as evidenced by the functional glass windows for the rear sliding doors and rear quarter panels.
It also features a lift-up tailgate, as opposed to the load-lugging model’s barn doors.
With this car, our spy photography agency managed to catch a glimpse of the new Caddy’s interior, which looks as though it will feature a wide touchscreen infotainment unit mounted high on the dashboard and angled towards the driver.
There’s talk the people mover version of the Caddy will effectively replace the Sharan in Europe.
Given many on the Continent have abandoned small people movers for crossovers, it wouldn’t come as a surprise.
Indeed, rival Opel went so far as to rebrand the people mover version of its Combo van as the Zafira Life in an attempt to keep diehard fans of the model within its ranks.
If, as widely expected, the new Caddy rides on a version of the MQB architecture, the new van could be offered with the company’s latest drivetrain, infotainment and safety technology.
This will likely see the Caddy add, at least in Europe, mild hybrid drivetrains to its range. As before, the Caddy will likely be offered in at least two body lengths.
When the new Caddy goes on sale, it will replace the oldest vehicle in the global Volkswagen range, with the current model having made its debut way back in 2003.