In October 2018, CARmag.co.za reported Volkswagen South Africa had quietly added a new 1,0 TSI Trendline variant to its Caddy range. And now the local arm of the German brand has officially launched this new base model, claiming it offers "exceptional value".
The new 1,0 TSI Trendline derivative slots in below the 2,0 TDI Trendline model. Its turbocharged 1,0-litre, three-cylinder engine sends 75 kW (between 5 000 and 5 500 r/min) and 175 N.m (from 1 500 to 3 500 r/min) to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox. VW SA claims it will sip at 5,6 L/100 km.
"At R306 300, the 1,0 TSI Trendline Caddy offers exceptional value for our potential customers. Our aim is to increase the market share and positioning of the Caddy Trendline range,” said Mark Handley, head of sales and marketing at Volkswagen SA Commercial Vehicles.
The Caddy ships standard with a three-year/120 000 km warranty and a three-year/60 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km).
The new derivative shares its Trendline trim level with the diesel model, boasting standard items such as the Composition Media radio with touchscreen, 16-inch “Bendigo” alloys, a heated rear window, electrically adjustable (and heated) side mirrors, climatic air-conditioning, electric windows, a leather steering wheel, height adjustable front seats, roof rails (in black), front foglamps (with static cornering lights) and daytime running lights.
Optional extras include parking sensors (fore and aft), a reversing camera, cruise control, dark-tinted taillamps, a removable towbar and bi-xenon headlamps.
The fourth-generation Caddy range launched in South Africa in early 2016. The line-up currently comprises the two variants mentioned above, along with the seven-seater Caddy Maxi and more ruggedly styled Caddy Alltrack. Crew bus and panel van derivatives are also available locally.