Volkswagen doesn’t supply the T-Roc or T-Cross right here within the U.S., and now it’s debuting one other fashionable small crossover that can doubtless stay forbidden fruit on our shores. The Volkswagen Nivus will launch quickly in Brazil and different markets in South America.
Measuring 168 inches in size, the Nivus about the identical measurement as subcompact crossovers we’re acquainted with, just like the Nissan Kicks. It’s about 17 inches shorter than the Tiguan, the smallest crossover VW sells right here within the U.S. The Nivus sits on the versatile MQB structure that underpins the Golf, Tiguan, and a number of different Volkswagen Group automobiles.
The five-seater stands out from its competitors with a low roof and coupe-like proportions. Windswept physique traces, LED headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels full the look. Contained in the cabin, the Nivus options loads of tech goodies. There’s a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch essential infotainment show, and smartphone connectivity for Android and Apple telephones. Security applied sciences on the small crossover embrace autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise management.
The Nivus has a modest however respectable three-cylinder engine that makes 126 hp, routed by means of a six-speed computerized transmission. The 200 TSI engine can also be used on the Polo, Virtus, and T-Cross bought globally.
The Nivus will arrive in Brazil within the subsequent few weeks and in Argentina by the tip of the yr. By 2021, the crossover will present up in different South American markets. A model for Europe will arrive within the second half of 2021.
Though we’d by no means see the Nivus right here in America, VW plans to carry a new small crossover stateside. As we realized final yr, the Tiguan is on the massive facet and VW sees room for a second, smaller entry. The final we heard, will probably be made in Mexico and go on sale in early 2021.
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