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VW extends Caravelle range with tough 4×4 PanAmericana

  • Rough-road flexibility, ‘exclusive for individualists’
  • VW punts stylish interior, exclusive design
  • ‘Nucleus Grey’ structure-painted bumpers
GOING BUSH IN COMFORT: This is the new VW Caravelle PanAmericana - all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA
GOING BUSH IN COMFORT: This is the new VW Caravelle PanAmericana – all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The new-to-South Africa, million-rand, all-wheel drive, VW Caravelle PanAmericana, has trundled into showrooms with the promise of go-anywhere traction and all the fun of family outings and camping trips.

”No matter where you plan to go,” VW SA tells The Corner, ”the PanAmericana is supremely up to the task.” Or, of course, just heading to the mall.

GOING BUSH IN COMFORT: This is the new VW Caravelle PanAmericana - all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA
ALL-ROAD LUXURY: The top-end Caravelle boasts it status with a  ‘PanAmericana’ badge on each side. Image: VW SA

It’s basically a VW Bus on steroids with some armour-plating against the rigors of African roads: underbody protection front, rear, and sills, flying road debris guard film along the lower sides of the vehicle, and 17” alloy wheel rims.

LOOK OUT FOR THE LOGO

There are also touches of luxury-appearance trim (as one should expect for a million rands, of course): tinted rear glass, smoked and diode-lit tail lights, chromed radiator grille and a PanAmericana logo on each B-pillar, leather-clad steering-wheel, and gear-shifter knob, auto-aircon, entry lights with PanAmericana lettering and faux stainless-steel control pedals.

GOING BUSH IN COMFORT: This is the new VW Caravelle PanAmericana - all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA
BUSH BASH PLATE TELLS THE STORY: The PanAmericana has underbody protection front and rear. Image: VW SA

The multi-seat cabin is sheathed in hard-wearing upholstery that includes colour-contrasting Alcantara pads and edging, (optional) two-colour leather trim, and rugged rubber mats for when outdoor footwear gets muddy.

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The all-wheel drive Caravelle PanAmericana is moved by a two-litre, bi-turbo, 132kW / 400kW diesel that spins a seven-speed gearbox that can urge the big bus to 100km/h in 12.1sec and reach 188km/h.

GOING BUSH IN COMFORT: This is the new VW Caravelle PanAmericana - all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA
SENSIBLE FLOORING FOR COUNTRY TRAVEL: Though the space in the VW PanAmericana bids more for upmarket shuttle work. All-wheel drive will get the bus almost anywhere in the game parks. Image: VW SA

…AND SO TO PRICE

VW PanAmericana 2.0 DSG 4MOTION – R955 400

The superbus will be delivered with a five-year or 60 000km maintenance plan, three-year or 120 000km vehicle warranty, and a 12-year anti-rust through warranty.

Service intervals 15 000km.

GOING BUSH IN COMFORT: This is the new VW Caravelle PanAmericana - all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA
GOING FOR THE LONG HAUL? If you have a million bucks to spare then the VW Caravelle PanAmericana should be high on your shopping list – all-wheel drive, gravel-road protection, diesel economy. Image: VW SA

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