Volkswagen has released fresh images of its upcoming Nivus, showing the new Polo-based coupé-style crossover in light camouflage.
The Wolfsburg-based firm’s Brazilian arm says the new Nivus is “a little bit of everything”, claiming it will create an entirely new segment. Earlier reports suggested it would wear the “T-Sport” badge and indirectly replace the CrossPolo.
Set to be manufactured at the Anchieta plant and launched in Brazil in the next couple of months, the Nivus will be rolled out to other South American countries later in 2020. It is set to become the first model developed in Brazil that will also later be “produced and marketed” in certain European countries.
Like the Polo hatch and T-Cross, the new Nivus is built on the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform. It measures 4 266 mm in length (some 31 mm longer than the T-Cross) and 1 493 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2 566 mm (15 mm more space between the axles than the T-Cross).
The biggest differentiator, though, is styling, with the Nivus featuring a dramatically sloping coupé-style roofline housing a set of chunky roof rails. VW claims the newcomer can nevertheless transport five occupants in “total comfort”, adding that the “pronounced” rear overhang has allowed it to boost luggage capacity to a claimed 415 litres.
At launch in Brazil, the Nivus will be offered exclusively with a 1,0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine that sends its 94 kW and 200 N.m to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission (interestingly rather than VW’s familiar seven-speed dual-clutch arrangement).
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