Volkswagen will be expanding its crossover family in Europe by introducing the Taigo this summer.
Based on South America’s Nivus, it will launch at the end of the year and will be put together at the Pamplona factory in Spain alongside the Polo hatchback and T-Cross small crossover, both of which share many components with the Nivus.
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“The wait is finally over for those who have been looking for a crossover utility vehicle that combines an elevated seating position with a sporty coupe silhouette”, Volkswagen says. “The new Taigo will be launched on the market with economical TSI engines, LED headlights as standard, a modern operating concept, a fully digital cockpit and a multitude of assist systems.”
The South American Nivus has a dashboard panel that’s almost identical to the Polo and hosts a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the middle that can be complemented by a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The multi-function steering wheel looks a bit different, but the center console and door cards appear to have been lifted from the Polo as well.
Driver assist systems include autonomous emergency braking, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera and fatigue detector. Volkswagen hasn’t announced the Taigo’s engine lineup, but the Nivus is offered with a turbocharged 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder that produces 114 HP on petrol and 126 HP on ethanol and is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive isn’t available even as an option.