Volkswagen has launched a grand version of its Transporter van that’s aimed primarily at business users.
Aptly called the Caravelle Business, it features six seats in three rows that come upholstered in Nappa leather. The middle row can face rearwards to create a meeting space, while the rearmost seats have a fridge installed between them. Both Bluetooth and wi-fi internet connectivity feature as standard, and a second battery is fitted to cope with any extra electrical demands.
The driver hasn’t been forgotten either, as satellite navigation, cruise control, a lane-change blind spot warning system, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a multi-function steering wheel are all included in the specification. Power comes from a 2.0 litre bi-turbo diesel engine that produces 177 bhp (132 kW / 180 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of peak torque, so performance should be more than adequate.
On the outside, Volkswagen has attempted to hide the Caravelle’s commercial vehicle roots by fitting 17” wheels, darkened privacy glass, Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and electrically-powered sliding rear doors. It’s a neat look, but there’s still no getting away from the fact that it’s ultimately a van.
For those who need a mobile conference centre, the Caravelle Business will undoubtedly be an extremely useful tool. But it’s a niche market, and one that’s not likely to grow much in the UK given that Volkswagen is charging £53,856 (plus VAT), or £56,069 (plus VAT) with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
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