We say VW, we mean Ford: announced a new generation of “heels”


Last January, Volkswagen and Ford formed an alliance that would save them money in developing new products. First of all, cooperation will affect commercial vehicles of both manufacturers: it was announced that Ford will take responsibility for the development of new generation Ford Ranger and VW Amarok pickups and the future family of medium-sized Ford Transit Custom and VW Transporter vans, and Volkswagen will deal with compact Ford Transit “heels” Connect and VW Caddy. It was assumed that joint development will enter the market after 2022, but in the case of Caddy, the new model will see the light much earlier – in 2020.




The fact is that Caddy of the current third generation has been produced already since 2003 and has long been in need of an heir. As for the current second generation of Transit Connect, it is much fresher – it has been produced since 2012. It is possible that the new Transit Connect, which will be a clone of Caddy, will be released only in two or three years, but we can take a look at the new Caddy now – on official design sketches.

Judging by them, the new Caddy will look much more aggressive than its predecessor. It is clear that in the drawing many features are deliberately hypertrophied, and we certainly will not see such giant wheels as in the pictures, but they will certainly be larger than the third-generation Caddy. In addition, complex plastic of the sidewalls, an effective LED edging of the rear window and a chopped front with narrow headlights will probably get to the conveyor in one form or another.

By the way, pay attention to the glazing line in the front of the body and the blackened front pillars – does it not remind you of anything? This decision was borrowed from the Skoda Roomster subcompact heel, discontinued in 2015. Volkswagen Group planned to release a new Roomster based on Caddy, but because of the diesel gate and the financial problems generated by it, it abandoned this idea, but Roomster’s style, as we see, lives and wins.

Nothing has been reported on the technology yet, except that the “fourth” Caddy is a 100% new model that has nothing to do with its predecessor. The manufacturer promises to increase the load capacity of the Caddy and make it more practical. The length will vary in a fairly wide range, the back door can be lifting or swinging, deaf or transparent.

The basis of the new Caddy, most likely, is the MQB Evo platform from the new Golf – it is quite flexible and versatile for a commercial vehicle of this size. The rear suspension will probably be semi-dependent, with a transverse torsion beam – a multi-link “heel” is useless. You can expect passenger versions with a three-row layout, and gasoline and diesel engines are likely to receive a 48-volt hybrid makeweight, which reduces the level of harmful emissions. We believe that there will be no electric version – instead of it, Volkswagen will offer a one-volume ID van. Buzz Cargo on the MEB Modular Electric Vehicle Platform.

Concept electric van VW ID. Buzz Cargo on the MEB platform.

In 2020, the premiere is also expected of one of the main competitors of Caddy – the new Renault Kangoo, we recently published its patent images.


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