Volkswagen Nivus SUV revealed in Brazil becoming the first car with the brand's new logo

Published On : 18 April 2020
By Preethi

The Polo hatchback based SUV Nivus has been revealed in Brazil prior to its world premiere. Nivus is completely developed by South American engineers and locally manufactured in Brazil to serve the Latin American market. The European dealers will soon sell the coupe-like crossover. Chances are that the compact SUV may make a way in the Indian market for the ever-increasing SUV demand. Although there is no official announcement from Volkswagen India, the carmaker will consider the Nivus for its Indian line up.

The compact SUV is built on the MQB A0 platform like any other VW car and locally manufactured in the Brazil division. As a result, the Nivus has the same 2566mm shorter wheelbase, an overall length of 4266mm a tad longer than Taigun and overhang of 856mm compared to Taigun's 732mm. According to Volkswagen Brazil, the Nivus is expected to be launched in June followed by the global launch. It is designed with a swoop rear style so as to give the SUV a coupe-like silhouette. The Nivus is powered by 1.0Litre inline three-cylinder Turbo Petrol TSi engine producing 128PS and 200Nm of peak torque, the same engine used in Brazil-spec Polo. It is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox as the standard transmission.

Although the Nivus is essentially based on Polo hatchback, it boasts a massive 415L boot space compared to 285L cargo space in Polo. So, the Nivus proves to be a better choice in the segment. It also gets a more spacious second row than the current-gen Polo.

The details of the interior cabin are to be revealed soon. The leaked pictures reveal the Nivus featuring LED headlights and DRLs, functional roof rails, two-tone alloy wheels, plastic cladding and tail lights giving it a premium touch. The top variants could get cruise control and a wide 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting VW Play, the company's newest multimedia system along with navigation. A 10 inch fully digital instrument cluster is also on offer in the Nivus. Other features include start/stop button, hill assist, adaptive autopilot system, automatic emergency braking, automatic post-collision braking, and an electric trunk opener.

In the global market, the Nivus competes with the likes of Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Venue. Another SUV Taigun from Volkswagen with a BS6-compliant engine is en route to the Indian market in 2021.