Volkswagen has released the first sketches of a new compact crossover coupe called Taigo. The novelty, based on the Nivus model for Latin America, will enter the European market by the end of 2021.
Judging by the brief description and sketch, Volkswagen Taigo is a Nivus adapted for Europe. The crossover with a “dynamic and emotional design” will already come “in the base” with LED headlights, and will also receive a completely digital cockpit and a scattering of electronic assistants. In the range of engines, only economical TSI gasoline turbo engines are announced. Probably three-cylinder. Taigo will be produced at the Volkswagen plant in Pamplona, Spain.
Like Nivus, Taigo will be built on the simplified MQB-A0 modular architecture that is used on the Polo and T-Cross. Accordingly, you can only count on front-wheel drive. But the set of standard equipment is likely to be different. For the Volkswagen Nivus, the basic equipment is disc brakes “in a circle”, an electronic imitation of the XDS differential lock and six airbags. For a surcharge, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and driver monitoring systems, and a rear-view camera are offered.
A new Volkswagen Play multimedia with a touchscreen display, developed specifically for the Brazilian market, is installed in the Nivus salon. It can be combined into a common cluster with a digital dashboard Active Info Display, thus creating a kind of “virtual cockpit” of two screens of ten inches each. The complex offers access to a branded application store, as well as online services, such as streaming audio.
Details of the European Taigo will appear closer to the premiere, which is scheduled for the summer. Crossover sales will begin before the end of this year.
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