Latest Volkswagen Caddy runs on CNG and DSG 25 February 2016

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ new Caddy TGI BlueMotion – to be launched at the Geneva International Motor Show – is being claimed as the first panel van equipped with a dual-clutch gearbox.

The van is also available with an alternative natural gas-powered (CNG – compressed natural gas – or biomethane) engine (with petrol reserve) and six-speed DSG transmission, as well as the standard manual.

Both the panel van and passenger car variant of the Caddy can also be ordered with a short wheelbase or in the Caddy Maxi version.

VW says combined CNG consumption is 4.1kg and 4.3kg per 100 km (short wheelbase and Caddy Maxi respectively), yielding a range of 630km or 860km, in pure gas mode.

CO2 emissions of the Caddy TGI are 112gm/km in the short-wheelbase version and 116-gm/km in the Caddy Maxi version with the manual gearbox, and 123gm/km and 126gm/km respectively, with DSG.

The new Caddy and Caddy Maxi TGI BlueMotion are equipped with high-pressure CNG tanks mounted under the floor, so that cargo space remains unaffected at up to 3,200 l in the Caddy and 4,130 l in the Caddy Maxi.

The tanks supply a 1.4-litre TGI engine (modified TSI petro unit) that meets Euro 6 emissions requirements.

VW says that its cylinder head, valve train, crank drive, pistons, lines and valves have all been adapted for natural gas drive – along with the ECU catalytic converter and turbocharger.

Engine power output is 110bhp with maximum torque of 200Nm between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm.

Prices for the Caddy TGI is city delivery/panel van short wheelbase manual start at €19,310.00.

Brian Tinham

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