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Caravelle

The above information was effective as at October 2002, and is subject to change. Visit us at vw.co.za ŠVolkswagen of South Africa


With surprising off-road abilities, relaxed towing power and plenty of comfort, your holiday destination is limited only by your imagination.

The Caravelle Range. You turn off the tar road. A bumpy, gravel

And abilities which made the

road stretches out in front of you. You see

Volkswagen Caravelle TDI Syncro the

thick, hot sand. You see rocks. You see pot-

first MPV with off-road capabilities in

holes. And in the distance, you see how the

South Africa.

road crosses a dry river bed, and starts meandering up to the top of the highest

It’s as inviting as it looks.

mountain in the region. “You can get there by

Whether it’s the TDI Syncro Highline

staying on the tar road”, says one of your seven

or Trendline, the TDI Highline or

passengers. “Yes,” you reply, “I could . . .”

Trendline, or the Automatic, your first

Built for those who love the rugged

glance at the Caravelle range will tell

outdoors as much as they love holidaying with

you that these are no ordinary Multi-

the family, the range-topping Caravelle TDI

Purpose-Vehicles. Like their distinctive

Syncro promises off-road abilities you simply

European styling, for instance. Their

wouldn’t expect from a genuine eight-seater

shape, that speaks volumes about

(nine on the Long Wheel Base option).

passenger comfort. And the large

Abilities which allow you and your family

sliding door that invites you to take

to explore even the more inaccessible parts of

a closer look.

our country.


Driving enjoyment starts the moment you get in. Place yourself in the high-grade, anatomically correct driver’s seat. The first thing you’ll notice is the exceptional level of comfort and the spaciousness of the cockpit. You’ll see the ergonomically designed instrument panel and the comprehensive equipment that’s all within easy reach. You’ll see the convenient storage pockets. The easy walkway to the passenger compartment. You’ll feel the feather-light power steering. And you’ll get the feeling that you suddenly understand the term “touring vehicle” like never before. Then, once you raise your eyes and look around, you’ll soon discover yet another advantage of the Caravelle. A raised seating position that gives the driver an incomparable panoramic view. All of which is sure to make you feel that this vehicle was designed around the driver. And you haven’t even felt the engine yet.

The quintessence of space, comfort and versatility. Starting with the illuminated 40 cm low entrance, you’ll notice that everything in the Caravelle is designed to make your time inside as comfortable as possible. Like the separate dual Climatronic airconditioning that allows the driver and the passengers to select and control their own temperature. Like the floor carpeting. The tinted windows. The eight generous seats (nine on the Long Wheel Base option), all with adjustable head restraints. (A centre seat whose backrest folds down to become a convenient table, and a three-seater rear seat that folds down to make space for larger items of luggage.) A larger than average luggage space and a wide tailgate that take the hassles out of loading and unloading. And lashing eyes on the floor of the luggage compartment that make it easy to secure all luggage, particularly when venturing off the beaten track. Making the Caravelle the most comfortable and versatile vehicle on the road.

The cavernous luggage area that ensures the passenger space remains free and open.


Forget everything you’ve

have noticed that the Caravelle TDI

No buttons. No levers. Just technology that knows where and when

heard about diesel engines.

(conventional drive) can do 1 200 km per

power is needed. That’s the thought behind Volkswagen’s Syncro.

Because the Volkswagen TDI

tank of fuel.*

A permanent all-wheel drive system that senses the speed difference

(Turbo Direct Injection)

What is surprising, however, is that the

The TDI

engines produce a level of

service intervals are the same as for petrol

revolution.

power, a level of

engines. Only every 15 000 km.

consumption and a level of

between the front and rear wheels, and reacts by distributing power

The superior all-wheel drive

to where it is most needed, by means of a viscous coupling. Which means, should two wheels be slipping, Syncro will smoothly and gently transmit additional power to the other two wheels, ensuring

emissions that were, until

The Automatic choice.

recently, unheard of in

The 4-speed automatic utilises the same

diesel engines.

2,5 diesel engine and delivers exceptional

In fact, the Syncro drive train improves the Caravelle’s traction by

Like its high-torque-at-

concept.

that the vehicle maintains its grip. And keeps driving the way you’d expect it to.

performance in all the areas you’d expect

an almost unbelievable 100%. Which doesn’t only make the Caravelle

low-revs performance

from Caravelle. Like large power output

TDI Syncro safer – it also improves its pulling power. And when it

(250 Nm @ 1 900 rpm).

(75 kw @ 3 500 rpm), more-torque-less-revs

comes to driving on dirt roads, off roads, in rain, slush, sleet or even

(250 Nm @ 1 900 rpm) and a highly

snow

being able to tow a braked

economical fuel consumption rate of only

or towing a heavy load along a winding mountain pass, you’ll see why

trailer load of up to 2 000 kg,

11,2 litres per 100 km.

we say the Caravelle TDI Syncro is probably the most capable family

It’s not surprising that,

the Caravelle was voted the

however, is the fact that it accelerates

Van category in 1996, 1997

from 0–100 in 19,5 seconds – only a second

and in 1998 by the readers

slower than its manual counterpart.

of the German magazine “Caravanning”. It’s also not surprising

off-road vehicle.

What you probably didn’t expect,

best towing vehicle in the

PARTS SPECIFIC TO 4-WHEEL DRIVE

REAR AXLE DIFFERENTIAL

Which goes to show that the Automatic

SUSPENSION

does more than just live up to expectations,

CROSS MEMBER

it surpasses them.

that off-road enthusiasts appreciate the fact that the Caravelle TDI loses only about 4% of its power at high altitude, compared with all naturally aspirated engines’ 17%. And it’s definitely not surprising that people who often travel long distances

*Tested to the European standard.

CROWN WHEEL AND PINION

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VISCOUS COUPLING

The revolutionary Syncro 4-wheel drive now lets you explore places no other genuine eightseater can reach.


Only after testing, more testing and re-testing, would we be satisfied enough with the levels of safety to allow you to put your family in our Caravelle. After all, it was built to be a People’s Car.

Safety down to the last detail. Everyone wants to feel relaxed when they go on

assures high traction at all times) on all

onto the body to increase rigidity. The seatbelts for

holiday. And in the Caravelle, you’ll find safety

derivatives. And a brake pressure

the driver and front passenger have been mounted

features that’ll give you every reason to just sit

reducer which reacts to various load and

directly to the base of the seat. Which ensures that

back and savour your vacation. Because, with the

cornering conditions to ensure the

whatever position you sit in, or how tall you are, your

latest in active safety features that assist the

ideal braking pressure in each situation.

seatbelts will always be in the optimum position.

driver in averting danger completely, and the

(Not available on Syncro.)

There’s reinforcements in the sides and energy-

forethought of passive safety devices to shield

Then there’s independent front and

absorbing crumple zones in the front section, and

occupants from danger should it prove unavoid-

rear suspension that significantly

seatbelts for every passenger. And, of course, airbags

able, every part of the Caravelle is geared to

increases roadholding. A triple-jointed

for the driver and front passenger.*

protecting every part of your family.

steering column that prevents the

So that every journey in the Caravelle is as

steering wheel from shifting towards

relaxing as your destination. But then, isn’t that

system. ABS and disc brakes on all four wheels.

the driver in the event of a collision.

what you’d expect from Volkswagen?

EDL (the electronic differential lock that

And windows that are bonded directly

Consider the hydraulic dual-circuit braking

*Passenger airbag standard in Highline only.


Caravelle specifications 2.5 TDI LWB* Trendline

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

Trendline

Auto Trendline

Syncro Trendline

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

2.5 TDI

Highline

Auto Highline

Syncro Highline

LWB* Trendline

Trendline

Auto Trendline

Syncro Trendline

Highline

Auto Highline

Syncro Highline

Cloth seat covers “Format”

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

Height adjustable head restraints

X

X

X

X

Tilt

Tilt

Tilt

First row 2 fixed seats

-

-

-

-

O

O

O

Engine

Seats cont.

Cylinders Capacity

(l/cm3)

Valves (per cylinder)

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

2.5/2461

2.5/2461

2.5/2461

2.5/2461

2.5/2461

2.5/2461

2.5/2461

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Output (kW @ r/min)

75 @ 3500

75 @ 3500

75 @ 3500

75 @ 3500

75 @ 3500

75 @ 3500

Torque (Nm @ r/min)

250 @ 1900

250 @ 1900

250 @ 1900

75 @ 3500

250 @ 1900

250 @ 1900

250 @ 1900

250 @ 1900

5-speed manual

X

X

-

X

X

-

X

4-speed automatic

-

-

X

-

-

X

-

Wiper system

Transmission

Performance

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Armrests front and rear

Fronts seats swivel

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

Foldable rear seats

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Map pockets on front seats

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

2-speed intermittent wiper

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Rear window wiper

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Acceleration in seconds (0 – 100 km/h)

18.1

18.1

19.5

18.4

18.1

19.5

18.4

Top speed (km/h)

157

157

153

155

157

153

155

Windows Tinted glass all round

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Country cycle

6.8

6.8

7.4

8.0

6.8

7.4

8.0

Heated rear window

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Urban cycle

9.9

9.9

1 1 .2

1 3 .6

9.9

1 1 .2

1 3 .6

Front electronic windows

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Radio/tape “Gamma”

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

6-speaker system

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Disc brakes – front and rear

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Speed control

O

O

O

O

X

X

X

ABS/EDL (electronic differential lock)

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Fuel Consumption (litres/100 km)

Running gear/suspension Front and rear axle: reinforced

Interior features

Brakes

Wheelrims/Tyres

Air conditioner – dual Climatronic

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Power steering

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Alloy wheels “Block design”

X

X

X

X

-

-

-

Multi function computer

-

-

-

-

X

X

-

Alloy wheels “BBS design”

O

O

O

O

X

X

X

Luggage compartment cover***

-

X

X

X

X

X

X

Tyres 205/65 R15 C 100T

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Full-size spare wheel

X

X

X

swivel

X

X

swivel

Dimensions/capacities Seats

Electric remote mirrors – heatable

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Storage pockets front doors & side wall

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Make-up mirror left

X

X

X

X

illuminated

illuminated

illuminated

9

8

8

8

8

8

8

80

80

80

80

80

80

80

Length (mm)

5189

4789

4789

4789

4789

4789

4789

Reading light

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Height (mm)

1940

1940

1940

1940

1940

1940

1940

Luggage compartment lights

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Fuel tank (litres)

Make-up mirror right

-

-

-

-

illuminated

illuminated

illuminated

Interior light

X

X

X

X

delayed

delayed

delayed

Width (mm)

1840

1840

1840

1840

1840

1840

1840

Cup holders front

Wheel base (mm)

3320

2920

2920

2920

2920

2920

2920

Exterior features

Track – front (mm)

1589

1589

1589

1589

1589

1589

1589

Halogen headlights

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Track – rear (mm)

1554

1554

1554

1554

1554

1554

1554

Exterior mirrors black

X

X

X

X

-

-

-

Turning circle (m)

13.3

12.1

12.1

12.1

12.1

12.1

12.1

Safety X

X

X

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

Towbar (detachable)

Exterior mirrors colour coded

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Bumpers in black

X

X

X

X

-

-

-

Driver airbag

X

X

X

X

Passenger airbag

O

O

O

O

X

X

X

Bumpers colour coded

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

High level brake light

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Front foglights

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

Dual tone hooter

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Rear foglights

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Height adjustable front seatbelts

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Wing doors

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Child lock all doors

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Sunroof

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Mechanical diff lock

-

-

-

O

-

-

O

Guarantees 3 years/120 000 km Warranty**

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Immobiliser (transponder)

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

15 000 km Service intervals

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Central locking – remote

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

8 year Anti-Corrosion Warranty

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Security

Seats Comfort front seats

X

X

X

X

-

-

-

Luxury front seats

-

-

-

-

X

X

X

Cloth seat covers “Toto”

X

X

X

X

-

-

-

X = Standard, O = Optional, - = Not available. *LWB = Long Wheel Base. **1 year Manufacturer Warranty and 2 year extended Dealer Warranty. ***Not with wing doors. All features and options subject to change without notice.


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