VOLKSWAGEN has released the first pictures of a sporty new Caddy Cross special edition MPV, with plans to add a panel van to the range early next year.

With standard Viper Green paintwork the Caddy Cross is on the bold side of normal for an MPV, and that’s before considering the dark 17-inch alloy wheels and radically extended bodywork.

A new body kit runs all the way around the bottom of the normal Caddy bodywork, extending the front and rear bumpers, the side skirts and the wheel arches. VW has added silver roof rails, silver side strips and front and rear ‘undercarriage guards’ to offer a modicum of protection to the Caddy’s chassis components.

Inside, the front seats are now finished in two-tone cloth with contrasting door trim inserts. A front centre armrest that adjusts for height and slides forwards and back joins a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, both with grey stitching.

Volkswagen forecasts production will start in early 2013, with a large range of engine options and both two- and four-wheel-drive models in the line-up. Although only an MPV variant will be initially offered, a panel van is expected to arrive by the summer at latest.

In Europe the Caddy Cross will be called the Cross Caddy, but Volkswagen UK, mirroring the move they made with the Black Up, has stepped in to prevent an English language disaster. The van is likely to be somewhat more successful than VW’s naming department, though.

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