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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the fifth generation of its Caddy van which – for the first time – will share its underpinnings with the highly-successful Golf hatchback.

According to the firm, the model has been redesigned from the ground up and as a result of the van using the  same platform as the Golf, it has been able to introduce new technologies and driver assistance systems.

For instance, the passenger-carrying models now feature a sunroof for the first time, as well as 18-inch wheels and keyless access.

Inside, the firm said the Maxi provides room for up to two Euro pallets, which can optionally be loaded sideways in the middle and back or sideways in the middle and lengthways in the back, while the firm added the indicator and control elements have been completely redesigned.

Fifth-gen Volkswagen Caddy

Meanwhile, interactive interfaces for the driver and front- seat passenger are formed by a new Digital Cockpit (which optionally offers fully digital instruments), as well as a radio and infotainment system screen (between 6.5 and 10 inches in size).

According to Volkswagen, the fusion of Digital Cockpit and top 10-inch navigation system “creates a new digital landscape of indicators and controls”, which enables the driver to access online information.

VW added that six of the 19 driver assistance systems on the Caddy are completely new, including Travel Assist, which, for the first time in a Volkswagen commercial vehicle, offers assisted driving across the full speed range.

Trailer Assist, which is offered in the Crafter, is also new and aims to provide significantly easier reverse manoeuvring when towing.

Volkswagen also confirmed it would offer diesel engines with power outputs ranging between 75hp and 122hp and a petrol unit with a 116hp output. Efficiency data has not been released at this stage.

Prices, specifications and an on-sale date have not been confirmed at this stage.