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VW to launch all-new model in 2022

Volkswagen will be launching an all-new model, named the Taigo, in Southern Africa and Europe in 2022. The Taigo will be based on the Nivus model, which is already available in Brazil. As a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), it will fit in between the T-Cross and the Tiguan in the current model lineup. Volkswagen said in a statement that the Taigo will come with a “multitude of assistance systems and state-of-the-art connectivity”. 

The current Nivus has a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mounted to a six-speed automatic transmission, so the Taigo is expected to have a similar engine. Customers can expect performance in the range of 95kW of power and 200Nm of torque. The Taigo will marginally longer than the T-Cross at 4,266mm, but its roofline will be about 10mm lower. 

Taigo to be built in South Africa and Spain

The new model will be produced in South Africa for the African market and in Spain for the European market. The CUV will make its debut this summer and is expected to go on sale at the end of 2021 or early 2022.  

VW Nivus interior
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The vehicle will be built on VW’s MQB A0 compact car platform, which is the smallest variant of the brand’s modular chassis design. This chassis is currently used on the T-Cross compact SUV and the new Polo Supermini.

Design features of the VW Taigo

The rear profile of the car will feature a rakish roofline that distinguishes it from its more practical T-Cross sibling. A prominent spoiler, a full-width LED light signature and a pair of exhausts will complete the look of the rear – giving the Taigo a sportier appearance than the T-Cross. The Taigo will be fitted with VW’s TSI engine, LED headlights, modern infotainment system and a fully digital cockpit.

It is likely to come standard with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, as well as a 10 gigabyte hard drive to store music. Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s sale date, which is expected to be near the end of 2021, but plan to pay a slight premium for the Taigo’s added style over the brand’s other compact SUVs.

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Written by Kate Hawthorne

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