Volkswagen PH reveals T-Cross’ bigger brother, the 2024 Tharu
After giving us a closer look at its newest crossover offering, Volkswagen Philippines has officially revealed the 2024 Tharu.
Also called the Taos in other markets, Volkswagen’s latest vehicle is the brand’s newest compact crossover SUV offering and sits atop the T-Cross. More importantly, it’s set to take on the likes of the Changan CS55, Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, GAC GS4, Geely Azkarra, MG HS, and the Toyota Corolla Cross.
Starting with its looks, the 2024 Tharu sports the same look as the one revealed in the PRC earlier this year. Thanks to the recent facelift, it gets a bolder and more distinct-looking face that is no longer shared with the USDM Atlas. It has a new honeycomb-style grille, new eye-catching LED headlights & daytime running lights, and large air vents on the front bumper.
The rear gets specially designed full-width LED taillights that provide the crossover with a futuristic look. There’s also a faux skid plate along with rear reflectors that add to the vehicle’s distinct appearance. Last but not least are the 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/50 series tires.
Size-wise, the 2024 Tharu measures 4458mm long, 1841mm wide, 1632mm tall, and has a 2680mm wheelbase. This makes the Tharu slightly shorter than its PRC competitors while having (almost) similar dimensions to the Corolla Cross.
Hop inside and the Tharu greets the occupants with a cabin fit for technophiles. Sitting at the center of the dashboard is a touchscreen infotainment system that measures 12 inches (8 inches for the SE variant). Not only is the screen huge but it also supports gesture control for easier manipulation of the controls. It also gets Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and USB, but sadly no Android Auto.
A pair of USB-C ports come standard on the top-of-the-line SEL while the base model SE gets a single USB Type-A port. Meanwhile, the rear passengers get a Type-A and Type-C USB port for charging their devices.
All variants have leather seats but only the SEL version gets heated front seats. In addition, the SEL variant is the only one to come with power-adjustable front seats (only the driver’s seat gets power-adjustability on the SE). Also worth mentioning is the fully digital instrument cluster dubbed the Active Info Display. The one on the SE measures 8 inches while the SEL gets 10.25 inches of display.
Other interior features and amenities available include 60:40 split rear seats, interior ambient lighting, a wireless charging pad, a 6-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tailgate, a reverse camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an electronic parking brake with auto hold.
Powering the 2024 Tharu is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It makes 160 PS at 5500 rpm with 250 Nm of torque between 1750 to 4000 rpm and is coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels. The SEL version comes with selectable drive modes that include; Eco, Normal, Sport, and Custom.
When it comes to safety, the 2024 Tharu is equipped with six airbags, an electronic stability program, traction control, anti-slip regulation, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, parking sensors, an intelligent parking assist (SEL only), and rear traffic alert.
Available colors for the 2024 Tharu are; Pure White, Mangan Gray, Petroleum Blue (available for SE variant), and Polytech Blue (available for SEL variant). In addition, the SEL variants comes standard with the exterior black package for the roof, roof rails, side mirror caps, and trim accents.
Pricing for the 2024 Volkswagen Tharu is as follows:
Tharu 300 TSI DSG SE - PHP 1.808 million
Tharu 300 TSI DSG SEL - PHP 1.945 million
Week-long mall displays of the 2024 Volkswagen Tharu will take place at the Main Atrium of
SM Pampanga from September 30 to October 6, The Block in SM North EDSA from October 5 to 11, and at the Ground level of The Podium in Mandaluyong City from October 19 to 25.