There is a limited-run Caddy Black Edition available from October until December 2014, dressed in Deep Black Pearlescent paint and with a stackload of unique styling features and equipment.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have based the Caddy Black Edition on the popular Highline specification but then added a bit more in to give it that little bit of something extra that you would expect from Volkswagen – and at the same time making it “the first Volkswagen commercial vehicle to be offered in prestigious Black Edition form” with a premium specification that makes it the most luxurious Caddy ever built.
Having already boasted a Highline specification that includes body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles, fog lights, rear parking sensors, climatic air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity with trip computer and multi-function display, the Caddy Black Edition adds in the already stated Deep Black Pearlescent paint, unique black and polished 17-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, radiator grille surrounds, a multi-functional steering wheel, leather gear knob and gaiter, heated wing mirrors and electric windows as standard.
It’s more than some cars get, let alone short-wheelbase panel van powered by a frugal 1.6-litre TDI 5-speed manual transmission rail direct injection engine that develops 102PS and 250Nm of torque. There’s also the prestigious BlueMotion Technology - which includes hill-hold assist, energy recuperation and start/stop - that comes with it, meaning that drivers are able to achieve fuel economy of 55.4mpg (combined) and low CO2 emissions of just 134g/km.
Volkswagen has also made a few little touches to make the Black Edition look sportier from the outside, helped by the paint colour, the Glazed rear wing doors with opaque blackout tint and passenger side sliding door; more comfortable on the inside (will seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara do for you with storage compartments under both front seats, drinks holders and storage in centre console and adjustable lumbar support for both front seats?) ; and better and easier to handle with use of Dynamic Suspension.
Looks-wise the ride height has been reduced by 27mm and the cabin has been separated from the load cube by a full-height solid bulkhead, but rest assured that sportier doesn’t mean lazier because the Caddy Black Edition is every bit as practical and hard-working as any Caddy model with a load volume of 3.2cu metres putting the van into the Top Ten most spacious vans in the sector.
A Highline with more features, a Caddy in name and a VW badge? What’s not to like?