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All-New Volkswagen Caddy Van Emerges With MQB Underpinnings

There are plenty of inclined surfaces on which to stake one's reputation, but here's a hill we'd die on: There aren't enough mini cargo vans for sale in the United States. There, we said it. Sure, we get the ho-hum Ford Transit Connect , the okay Ram ProMaster City, and the spindly Nissan NV200 , but we need more of these compact cargo haulers and people movers on our shoresand better ones, too. Our #vanlife hunger knows few bounds, so might we suggest to Volkswagen that it ship the classy, slick-looking redesigned Caddy and longer Caddy Max to our shores? In either length, the Caddy looks quite handsome, especially in its upper-level trim. Available LED headlights and taillights pair nicely with optional items such as 18-inch wheels and tires and a large panoramic sunroof. It doesnt hurt that the Caddys new sheet metal affords the van a drag coefficiency of 0.30, or 0.03 better than that of its predecessor and 0.01 better than that of a Porsche 959 . The Caddy isn't lacking substance, either. Like nearly every modern Volkswagen, the new Caddy rests on the brands ubiquitous MQB modular architecture. As such, the model also adopts a number of comfort and convenience items found in regular Golf hatchbacks and such, including an optional Audi -style digital gauge cluster and a standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen. A huge 10.0-inch unit is available for those in search of additional screen real estate. Buyers (overseas) can also look forward to full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and a trailer assist function, which allows the van to automatically input steering adjustments when reversing with a trailer. Once again, both cargo and passenger van options are available. --> A number of engine options are available under the Volkswagen's hood, including a variety of four-cylinder diesel engines that produce as little as 74 horses and as many as 121 ponies. A 113-hp gas-sipping turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also available, as is a natural-gas burning unit. Arguably, Volkswagen will want to invest in a slightly more powerful engine option for the Caddy if it ever decides to ship the van to the U.S. We'd argue itd a worthwhile investmentmight we suggest the Golf GTI's 220-hp-plus turbo four? And while we're fantasizing here, we'd stan a van with a manual transmission . . . The post All-New Volkswagen Caddy Van Emerges With MQB Underpinnings appeared first on MotorTrend .