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Volkswagen has finally revealed its new Caddy California after several teasers.

The compact camper has been jam-packed with features to ensure that it’s the ideal mode of transport for those who want to take their home creature-comforts with them on the open road.

As such, it features a mini kitchen which can be pulled out of the back to the rear of the car, allowing the user to cook at standing height. Don’t worry about cooking in the rain, however, as the tailgate hatch provides protection from the elements. The kitchen incorporates a single hob gas cooker, while a bottom pull-out section includes space for utensils and other items. Behind this area is a securely locked and vented box which houses the gas bottle.

A fold-out bed is fitted into the cabin too, and when folded up reduces to a third of its length and sits in above the boot space. However, at 1,980×1,070mm it’s impressively spacious and, according to Volkswagen, provides the same level of comfort that you’d find in the larger California. Two camping chairs and a camping table can be stored underneath the bed too.

An optional panoramic roof can be fitted too, allowing those sleeping in the Caddy to have a view of the stars at night. This is joined by a storage bag system on the rear side windows which gives even more space for odds and ends.

A new modular tent system has been included with the Caddy too. Ideal for a family, the tent has space for two people and can be connected to the van or used completely separately if needed.

Inside, the Caddy benefits from Volkswagen’s latest digital cockpit and 10-inch Discover Pro infotainment system as well as integrated eSIM technology which allows the infotainment system to access mobile services on the move.

Powering the Caddy is a new turbocharged diesel engine, available in two outputs. The Caddy California will also be available with a four-wheel-drive powertrain in addition to the standard front-wheel-drive version.

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

September 3, 2020

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