While the automotive world is discussing the possible renaming of Volkswagen in the United States, the concern has declassified information about a new coupe-shaped SUV for the automotive market of the European continent. This model is already on sale in South America, but for the Old World, the Germans are ready to offer a sports package, TSI engines and a large number of auxiliary electronics. The car will be assembled at a Spanish factory.
A few words about the history of the model. The car was presented last spring, developed by the Brazilian division of Volkswagen, taking into account the specifics of the local market. The production of a SUV was also set up there. On the South American continent, the crossover is called the Nivus. But even before the presentation of this model, a similar car was announced for Europe.
The old-world version will be called T-Taigo. Here Volkswagen continues the tradition of naming its SUV line. But the company has not yet clarified how this inscription is deciphered.
The fact that a sports version will be offered for Europe is indicated by the letter R on the radiator grille and the R Line body kit. The European car differs from its American counterpart by enlarged bumpers, twin exhaust pipes, and larger honeycombs on the radiator grille.
The changes also affected the optics: light strips appeared in front, behind, and the head optics with LED filling, which Nivus does not have. There are no images of the interior at the moment, but it is known that the number of "knobs" and physical buttons will be minimal. So the company intends to emphasize the manufacturability of its brainchild.
The base is the MQB A0 platform (the VW T-Cross and VW Polo are also built on it). T-Taigo will be equipped with engines of the TSI range. But which ones have not yet been disclosed. But the fact that the drive will only be front-wheel drive is known for sure.
The start of sales is scheduled for this summer. The automaker has not yet said anything about plans to sell it in Russia.