Few commercial vehicles have ever looked so cool.
The all-new, 2020 VW Caddy commercial van has been teased by Volkswagen's commercial vehicles division in a couple of new concept drawings, and it's looking mighty sporty for a delivery vessel. Volkswagen was careful to refer to the van depicted therein as a "concept vehicle," and indeed, the concept's massive wheels, steeply raked windshield, and aggressive stance appear to be in conflict with the more pedestrian-looking prototypes that have been spied testing in recent months.
Still, we can dream.
Volkswagen is confident that the all-new VW Caddy will set a new benchmark in the A-segment commercial delivery van and family Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) spheres.
The VW Caddy isn't currently sold in the US market, but that could soon change. Volkswagen has reportedly been weighing bringing the Caddy stateside since as far back as 2015, and the recent success of the Ford Transit van could be enough to push the German automaker over the edge. Ford sold nearly 140,000 Transits in the US last year, and as of September 2019, the model line was on pace to perform even better this year.
The next-generation VW Caddy is believed to be based on Volkswagen's modular MQB architecture for transverse-engine front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The platform is highly versatile, underpinning a wide range of products from the two-door Audi TT Mk3 sportscar to the three-row VW Atlas crossover.
Although the latest VW Caddy concept drawings are mostly fiction, Volkswagen does note several actual cues from the sketches that reflect the real-life next-generation van. These include the long, skinny LED taillights and larger rear window, although that window will only be standard on MPV variants - not on commercial versions. And, like the concept, the 2020 VW Caddy will also feature larger wheels, a more narrow front grille, and a larger logo than its predecessor.
The new VW Caddy will most likely launch with a couple of conventional internal combustion powertrain options, but a 48-volt hybrid powertrain is likely to follow sometime after launch.