VOLKSWAGEN dropped the curtains to reveal its Caddy Beach campervan back in July, and it made its first public appearance at Melbourne Leisurefest held recently at Sandown Racecourse.
The Caddy “shack” mightn’t be able to rock-climb or reach remote campsites beyond the black stump, but it’s set up to give you a good night’s kip as long as you don’t veer off the blacktop.
Utilising the long-wheelbased Caddy Maxi Trendline, the Caddy Beach includes a fold-out bed, a walkthrough tent at the tailgate, two folding camp chairs and a table, tray tables for rear passengers, block-out window curtains, a rechargeable torch, and four storage bags for rear side windows.
The Caddy’s 92kW/220Nm four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. It comes standard with autonomous braking (front Assist with City Emergency Brake), adaptive cruise control and lane assist. ‘Beach’ decal means it’ll blend in when planted kerbside at Byron Bay.
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At its July unveiling, Nicholas Reid, Marketing Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia, said: “This marks our return to the campervan market in Australia. With the iconic and ubiquitous Kombi van, Volkswagen forged a strong connection with travellers and explorers around the world. The Caddy Beach continues this tradition with the latest in engineering and technology.”
The Caddy Beach will be priced from $44,990 when it’s launched later this year.