The Volkswagen Nivus SUV has been officially unveiled. It is the smallest SUV in the entire Volkswagen lineup. The compact SUV will go on sale by this year in the South American countries. European markets will have the launch by 2021. The interesting thing of the Volkswagen Nivus is that it shares the platform with India bound upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. So is there any chance of this compact SUV to come in India? Let’s find it out.
Volkswagen Taigun will be the smallest SUV in the Volkswagen India lineup. It will be slightly longer than four-meter, specifically at 4.2 m. The Volkswagen Nivus SUV also has a similar length at 4.266 mm. The wheelbase of the Taigun is slightly bigger than Nivus, specifically 90 mm bigger. So these two compact SUVs have almost similar external dimensions. However, the Volkswagen Nivus has a bigger boot space at 445 litres as compared to the Taigun at 373 litres.
The Volkswagen Nivus SUV will be getting a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine. It produces about 128 bhp max power and well over 200 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox as a standard. There might also be a 1.5-litre TSI engine as well, however, not specifically when.
Volkswagen Nivus Features
The Volkswagen Nivus SUV is an international product so the feature list is quite long. It will come with LED headlamps, LED taillamps, rear parking sensors, cruise control, powered wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, multifunctioning steering wheel, auto headlamps, etc. The top variants will have digital instrument cluster, paddle-shifters, drive modes, front parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, premium-looking interior and so on. The touch screen infotainment system on the Volkswagen Nivus is quite advanced and comes with built-in wifi, app store, high definition screen display.
Volkswagen is always a leader when it comes to safety. The SUV will have six-airbags, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a driver drowsiness detection to avoid a major accident, it is also the first in the segment feature.
It seems that it would be a perfect vehicle for the Indian market as well. However, the manufacturer is yet to reveal the plan for India launch. Volkswagen already has T-Roc SUV in the segment with a much powerful engine, it is on the premium side of the segment. While the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun will be on the affordable side of the segment. So there might be a small gap between these two SUVs which Volkswagen might think to fill with the Nivus but still, it is just a speculation.
Volkswagen has initiated the India 2.0 project. Under the project, the company has already launched several SUVs such as VW T-Roc, Tiguan AllSpace and Skoda Karoq. The next SUV from India 2.0 is expected to be the Taigun. It is expected to share the same engine as of the Nivus and will have a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The VW Taigun is claimed to achieve 0-100 km/hr in just 9.9 sec. What would be your preferred SUV under the India 2.0? Let us know in the comment.