Volkswagen may have a well established range of sedans and hatchbacks, but the German automaker has also been doubling down on crossovers too. They currently have six in the global range, and now there will be another.
It's called the Nivus, slotting in somewhere between the T-Cross and the T-Roc, and Volkswagen just revealed it -albeit in camouflaged form- online.
The Nivus is aimed at the city crossover market, much like the Ford EcoSport, Suzuki Vitara, and Nissan Kicks. It follows the current design language of Volkswagen with its slim, five-sided headlights, hexagonal grill and a more rounded off front end. The overall shape of the car appears to be sleeker than other Volkswagen crossovers in the current lineup. It then rides on the current Polo platform, which is also used by the T-Cross.
More of that swoopy design is emphasized at the rear. The tailgate for instance has a rakish appearance and one can have a better view of its sloping roof line that's further emphasized by the spoiler. It also draws some inspiration from some Audi models with its high-set and 'connected' tail lights. Perhaps that's not much of a surprise because Volkswagen does own Audi. The German automaker has even dubbed the Nivus as an 'urban coupe'.
As it's aimed to be city-bound crossover, 4Motion all-wheel drive will not be offered on the Nivus. Like its aforementioned prime competitors, it will be front-wheel drive only. Those front wheels are then hooked up to a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine and the three-cylinder powerplant produces 128 PS and 200 Nm of torque.
Here's the thing though: the Nivus will be a product Volkswagen in Brazil where high-riding small crossovers have also picked up significant traction. It's also noteworthy that the EcoSport originally hailed from Brazil, and being that Volkswagen is also one of the biggest names in Latin America, it was logical for them to introduce a modern competitor there.
It will, of course, be launched in Brazil first, followed by the rest of Latin America. Europe will also get their hands on the Nivus as well.
The Philippine distributor of Volkswagen, however, gets their models from Volkswagen's production plants in China after making the big switch a few years back from units either made in Europe or in Mexico. If Volkswagen decides to build the Nivus in China, it should make for an interesting offering here in the Philippines as well.