We reported earlier that Volkswagen is readying an all-new mid-sized SUV, which could be called the Tarek. According to global media, the all-new Volkswagen Tarek SUV will be launched in the Brazilian market by the end of this year. The new SUV will directly rival the Jeep Compass SUV.
The upcoming Volkswagen Tarek will be produced at the Volkswagen’s Argentina factory of General Pacheo. The company has invested US $ 650 million to update production line to support the MQB A platform. This is the same platform that also underpins the VW Golf, Tiguan and Jetta.
For people not in the know, Volkswagen is selling the Tharu mid-sized SUV in the Chinese market. The Tarek will be similar in size to the Tharu, but will carry a different design for the South American markets. The cabin of the SUV is likely to be shared with the Tarok pick-up. The next-gen VW Tarek has already been spotted without camouflage in Mexico, where the SUV will also be manufactured for export to the United States.
The Volkswagen Tarek will be positioned between the T-Cross and the Tiguan in the global markets. In terms of proportions, the SUV measures 4.47m in length, 1.84m in width and 1.62m in height, and has a wheelbase of 2.68m. The SUV offers a boot space of 455-litres, which will be further expanded by folding the third-row of seats. In Brazil, the Volkswagen Tarek will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbo flex engine with direct injection. This engine will churn out a maximum power output of 150bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed torque convertor automatic. The VW Tarek will get all-four disc brakes, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, electronic parking brake and panoramic sunroof.
Volkswagen will also introduce the much-awaited Nivus Coupe SUV in June 2020. The new model will be based on the MQB AO platform that also underpins the T-Cross and the new-gen Polo. In India, Volkswagen will launch the Taigun mid-sized SUV in the first half of 2021. The new model will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform.