Before the “catastrophe” unleashed by the new Coronavirus, the segment of SUVs and crossovers was the one that was doing best, from a commercial point of view. And, within this particular segment, the T-Cross and the T-Roc they were two of the models that were making the best performances, aiming straight for the best-selling podium of the category in Italy.
We should not be surprised, therefore, if Volkswagen continues to invest in an important way in this market segment. In fact, alongside the two models already mentioned, a third will soon arrive: the Volkswagen Nivus, SUV coupé born for the Brazilian market but which, in about 12 months, should also appear in Europe. According to rumors that arrive from the Wolfsburg house, in fact, the Nivus should land on the Old Continent in the second half of 2021, with the production “entrusted” to the Spanish Pamplona plant.
But how is Nivus? In fact, very similar to the T-Roc, at least in terms of size and size. The new German SUV coupe, in fact, shares the same platform with his “brother” (the modular platform Mqb A0, also used for the new Polo) and is only three centimeters longer. Despite this minimal difference, on the front of the internal dimensions the Nivus seems to be from a completely different planet, however. Just the trunk, for example, offers 42 liters more capacity (415 liters versus 373 liters), ensuring a significantly higher load capacity.
The solutions adopted in terms of connectivity and “entertainment” are very interesting. The Volkswagen Nivus will be the first to mount the VW Play infotainment system, developed specifically for the South American market but destined to be exported to the rest of the world (like Nivus, on the other hand). The system will offer up to 10 gigabytes of space to install apps and will feature an extremely intuitive and easy to use user interface. At the center of the bridge there will be a space large 10-inch display (protected by scratch-resistant glass) thanks to which it is possible to check all the functions offered by the new “operating ecosystem”. It is not missing then the internal Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G-LTE connection.
As for the enginesFinally, it is still not possible to make certain hypotheses. The engines used in South America, in fact, are completely different from the European ones and, therefore, it is impossible to draw any useful information from them. One can however think that under the hood “classic” engines will find space, such as the 1.0 liter 95 and 115 horsepower, flanked by 1.5 liter 150 horsepower engines.