New Caravelle MPV gets retro-inspired Generation Six edition, with prices starting at £52,051
Darren Moss
22 October 2015

Volkswagen has added the special edition Caravelle Generation Six to the MPV’s line-up, with an array of aesthetic and interior upgrades.

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The model celebrates the original Volkswagen T1, with two-tone red and white paintwork and retro-styled 18in DISC alloys carried over from the Beetle.

The only available engine is a 2.0 TDI coupled to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and with two power outputs: an entry-level set-up producing 148bhp and a more punchy 201bhp unit.

The Generation Six spec adds Alcantara and leather seats, tinted rear windows, upgraded floor mats, a leather-covered steering wheel, Adaptive Cruise Control and an infotainment system with integrated navigation, Bluetooth and DAB radio. Climate control with heated front seats and three-zone air conditioning is also included, along with brushed metal and coloured spec-specific interior trim, which matches the exterior.

Prices start at £52,051 for the 148bhp and £54,547 for the 201bhp versions. Volkswagen is already taking orders for the Generation Six, with first deliveries due in November.

The Transporter, which was revealed at the Amsterdam motor show in April, can carry up to nine people. The Caravelle MPV, first seen at the Istanbul motor show in May, can carry six occupants and luggage in a greater degree of luxury; prices start at £23,440 for the Transporter and £36,011 for the Caravelle. The four-berth California camper van completed the range upon its release in June, and is priced from £37,657 for the entry-level Beach model.Both cars come with a choice of 2.0-litre diesel engines, ranging in power from 83bhp to 201bhp.The Transporter comes with Bluetooth and DAB+ digital radio as standard, while the Caravelle SE adds Bluemotion technology, a 5.0in touchscreen, a USB connection and a post-collision braking system. The Caravelle Executive model adds heated leather seats and larger, 17in alloy wheels. A Business Edition brings a high level of luxury for the rear cabin, with swivelling rear seats, a table, an integrated fridge, voice-activated Bluetooth and wi-fi. It costs from £57,305.The options list includes automatic tailgate operation. This will make life easier for owners, given that the tailgate is nearly two metres high when open.Volkswagen has made a range of safety equipment available on the Caravelle, too. Buyers can specify adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and a driver alert system.

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19 March 2015
Bulli ? ! I think you mean a new Transporter.

19 March 2015
So, when you road test a Golf will you start calling it a Beetle now?

 

 

19 March 2015
Why bother with the concept looking sketches? We all know it will have the same boxy shape as always, just the lights and grill will reflect the current VW fashion

19 March 2015
Seems I'm not alone in being confused by this article. Why mention the Bulli, which was a much smaller MPV, in an article about the new Transporter?

19 March 2015
Really wish VW would be more adventurous in there design, and make it similar to the 2001 minivan concept, which takes it design from earlier models and far less van like.

21 May 2015
No need to try and make it all sexy. The LWB version would be good for a modern-day Westphalia but it would be eye-wateringly expensive for what you would get if past form is anything to go by.

7 July 2015
Moparman wrote:

No need to try and make it all sexy. The LWB version would be good for a modern-day Westphalia but it would be eye-wateringly expensive for what you would get if past form is anything to go by.

It may be based on a van but having spent many miles over 10+ years on several trips in a friend's Caravelle's, I can say it's an excellent vehicle for several people to travel long distance in. I can't fault it - the newest version of my friend's having the up to date touchscreen and DSG box - comfortable, effortless cruising and a nice place to be. Hire one and drive to Le Mans next year if you don't believe me...

7 July 2015
Although this Transporter looks clean and decent enough, it's a shame that VW doesn't put the Microbus concept or the Bulli into production. Both are great designs and the blank vertical front looks great on them. And there is no need for VW to apply the horizontal design theme to every model.

7 July 2015
I don't really understand why VW doesn't propose a neo-retro combi with its brand image.

23 October 2015
I think the Stinky Car Group Gmbh will have a lot of trouble shifting any type of car/van/pushchair in the future. All very embarrassing.

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