The German automaker has decided to take some time off from its diesel troubles and among the latest moves we can highlight the introduction of a lineup of gasoline engines for the light commercial vehicles lineup.
Most likely the most interesting choice would be the mating of the GTI-inspired 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged petrol power plant with the Caravelle passenger van. It comes with two power options – a manageable 150 hp (110 kW) and a feistier 204 hp (150 kW) version, mated to a 6-speed manual and a hotter 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, respectively. The two petrol mills will be offered to customers wanting to have the Caravelle SE short wheelbase. The van – now in its sixth generation – has room for up to six persons and comes nicely fitted with twin sliding side doors as standard while the flexible and comfortable seating options” are enhanced by the presence of rail-mounted rear seats.
The German company is also delivering new petrol turbo power plants to the smaller Caddy panel van and Caddy life model range. There are three options, all fully in compliance with the new Euro 6 emissions standard and boasting a 1.2 84 hp (62 kW) with 5-speed manual, a 1.0 102 hp (75 kW) with the same manual gearbox and a 1.4 125 (92 kW) hp mated to a standard 6-speed manual or the optional 7-speed DSG. The Caddy will come with three available trim options – Startline, Trendline and Highline – as well as short or “Maxi” wheelbase options. Pricing starts at $20,602 (£13,610) when looking to acquire the Caddy panel van, while the Caddy Life will go from $22,873 (£15,110) and the Caravelle SE can be had from 43,813 (£28,950).