Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen Caravelle

  • Face-lifted looks
  • More high-tech features
  • New engines
What is it?
Volkswagen has set up camp at the Frankfurt motor show and revealed its updated Caravelle MPV, with its new engines and smarter looks.

Classier looks
On the outside, the Caravelle now looks classier, thanks to a face-lift that incorporates the latest VW family look. The changes include:

• New rear light clusters;
• Chrome side trims;
• Reshaped door mirrors;
• A restyled front end with new panels, headlights, front grille and bumper.

Interior upgrades
There is a range of improvements inside the better-quality interior, too. These include:

• New three-spoke steering wheel;
• Redesigned instrument display;
• Gear-shift indicator;
• Optional USB connectivity;
• Latest VW stereos;
• Touchscreen-based hard-drive navigation systems.

New engines
The four new 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engines boost fuel economy, cut CO2 emissions and improve refinement. The engines have outputs of between 83bhp and 178bhp and some will be available with VW's latest seven-speed DSG semi-automatic transmission.

Extra safety kit
Safety equipment has also been upgraded in the Caravelle. An updated stability control system, hill-start assist and an emergency brake light function have been added, while VW's side assist lane-change system – which warns drivers of hazards in the car's blindspot, is now an option, along with a new tyre-pressure monitoring system.

When can I get one?
The revised VW Caravelle goes on sale in January 2010.

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