Back in April, Volkswagen previewed a new crossover. Dubbed the Nivus, it slots in between the T-Roc and T-Cross. Now, the German automaker has pulled the camouflage off the car, and we'd love to see it sold here.
This new crossover from Volkswagen sits in the subcompact crossover category. Some of the Nivus' primary competitors include the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Kicks, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, and Kia Seltos. It measures in at 4,266 mm long, 1,757 mm wide, and 1,493 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,566 mm. For comparison basis, it's longer than the Kona, Seltos, and EcoSport, but slightly shorter than the Kicks and HR-V.
Volkswagen calls the Nivus an “urban coupe”. No, it's not a two-door, but the rear section of the roof has a sleeker, rakish angle. Its high-set and 'connected' tail lights take some cues from Audi, while the integrated tailgate spoiler adds a bit of sporty flair to the crossover. As for the front end, It follows the current design language of Volkswagen with its slim, five-sided headlights, hexagonal grill, and a more rounded-off front end.
But while the Nivus is a crossover, it's not one that can venture out into the trail. This model is front-wheel drive only, like most of its competitors. For now, there's only one engine but two transmission options to choose from. Those front wheels are hooked up to a three-cylinder, turbocharged 1.0-liter TFI engine. This three-pot powerplant produces 128 PS and 200 Nm of torque. It can then shift through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Nivus is primarily designed for the Latin American market. However, Volkswagen said that it will be offered in most markets. That means there could be a possibility it could be produced in places like China. If SAIC Motor will be the ones to build it for the Chinese market, then the odds of it coming here are even higher. That's because the Volkswagen models sold here are assembled by SAIC. We'd love to see this model sitting in local showrooms soon, as Volkswagen Philippines does not have a subcompact crossover in their range.