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VW reveals new MPV titan

VOLKSWAGEN is bringing a new maxi-MPV to the UK with room to accommodate up to nine adults and all their luggage. The new-look 1997 Caravelle gets a host of drivetrain, suspension and cosmetic refinements to complement its smaller sister - the Sharan.

The engine line-up has been extended to include the 2.5 litre TDI and 2.8 litre VR6 engines alongside the familiar normally aspirated petrol and diesel units and new styling gives the Caravelle a sleeker, more car-like appearance. The VR6 unit can nudge 110 mph with nine people up, although is slightly thirsty on the urban run with a figure of 19.8 mpg, while the TDI engine is capable of almost 100 mph but returns 43.5 mpg at a steady 56 mph.

Inside, the dashboard layout and driving position have been revised and the new model handles and rides better than its predecessor thanks to new front suspension, improved power steering and modified brakes.

Customers can choose from two wheelbases, three trim levels, four engines and two door configurations and there is also a four-wheel-drive option. Short wheelbase versions can carry up to eight people while still offering four times the volume of luggage space of a fully occupied smaller MPV and the long wheel base version can carry nine people plus a full luggage complement. Caravelle prices (including delivery charges) start at £19,030, rising to £26,491.

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