The new “SUV” Volkswagen will enter the market before the end of this year. The first to receive it is the Chinese, later the cross will appear in other countries.
The harbinger of the new crossover – the concept Powerful Family SUV – was presented in Beijing in March 2018. In May Volkswagen declassified the exterior of the production model and announced the name for China, which will be the first market for the novelty: there the SUV will be sold under the name Tharu. The interior of the manufacturer has not yet been provided, however, thanks to the Chinese paparazzi, we now know what the interior of the SUV looks like. The picture was published by the publication Auto.Sina.
Tharu is built on the basis of the crossover Skoda Karoq (both models are based on the MQB platform), and based on the Chinese version, which is 50 mm longer than the European model. The length of the Volkswagen Tharu is 4,453 mm, the width is 1,841 mm, the height is 1,620 mm, the wheelbase is 2,680 mm. Dimensions Skoda Karoq, intended for China: 4 432/1 841/1 614 mm, wheelbase – 2,688 mm. However, it is quite possible that in other countries a short cross VW will be available, that is, built on the basis of the European Karoq.
Salon Tharu – its own, it has a different front panel, the central deflectors are located under the touch screen multimedia system, and not on its sides, as in Karoq. Instruments are analog. It is possible that the virtual device for Tharu will not be offered, although Karok has one.
The engines of the Chinese version of the Tharu came from the Skoda cross-country: gasoline turbo four 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI with a payback of 116 and 150 hp. respectively. It is expected that the novelty of VW will receive a seven-speed robotic DSG. At Karoq in China there is no all-wheel drive option, so that Tharu on the Chinese market is also likely to be only available with a front-wheel drive.
For China, Tharu will be produced at the local factory of JV VW and SAIC, the release will start this year. Later, the crossover will get to other countries, it will be sold there, where the T-Roc is not represented, – that is, in the line of the brand Tharu will be a step below Tiguan. According to preliminary data, in 2020 the assembly of the new SUV will be installed in Mexico (from there it will be supplied to the USA) and Argentina. For other countries, the motor scale is likely to change, so does the name of the model. In addition, outside of China, the cross will certainly acquire all-wheel drive versions.