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Volkswagen Nivus urban compact crossover makes camouflaged debut

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Volkswagen has teased us with the picture of a camouflaged subcompact cross SUV called the Volkswagen Nivus, based on the MQB A0 platform that underpins the Volkswagen Taigun and the internationally sold Polo. The Volkswagen Nivus is likely to eventually replace the Volkswagen Polo in the Brazilian market. 

The lightly camouflaged teaser image offers the exterior styling details of the Nivus which features a dark-themed front fascia with a black grille, black meshed air dam, C-Shaped LED daytime running lights, LED headlamps, a VW logo in the centre, rounded wheel arches, 5-spoke 17- inch alloy wheels, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, charecter lines on the shoulder, and plastic cladding on the doors. 

Coming to the rear of the car, the Volkswagen Nivus features a large LED tail lamp unit with an embellishment that connects both the lamps. The teaser images also show a layered rear bumper with claddings and reflectors. The roof of the Volkswagen Nivus features a coupé-like design with a sloping fastback rear end, roof rails and a tailgate integrated roof spoiler. 

In the engine department, the Volkswagen Nivus is likely to come with a 1.0-litre TSI (Turbocharged Stratified Injection) in-line three-cylinder petrol engine that is likely to produce 128 hp of power and 200 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with front-wheel drive. The Volkswagen Taigun is also expected to come with the similar engine configuration and state of tune. 

The Volkswagen Nivus is likely to be entirely built in Brazil and sold in the international market but the Nivus is also expected to be manufactured in Europe in the future. The Volkswagen Nivus is likely to go on sale by June 2020 in Brazil followed by other markets in Latin America. 

Volkswagen may not bring the Nivus to India but we will get the Volkswagen Taigun under the brands India 2.0 strategy.