When it made its official Brazilian debut in May last year, the Volkswagen Nivus became one of South America’s first vehicles with adaptive cruise control. Specifically adapted to the more difficult road conditions in the region, the coupe-type crossover will be modified to meet the needs of European customers and will be launched on the Old Continent as Taigo before the end of the year. This vehicle was caught by our spies testing practically without a mask.
The little red Taigo you can see in the gallery below was captured with German license plates, production lights, and no sign of camouflage. The only thing that tells us that this is a test car is the test equipment attached to the wheels, as well as the additional measuring device with an antenna attached to the roof. It’s safe to say that what you see without the test stand is what you will be able to order in the showroom.
When Volkswagen teased the Taigo for the first time in March of this year, the sketches suggested a more aggressive design, especially up front. These larger air vents in the front bumper and the lighting element surrounding the grille badge are not visible on the test car. Instead, Volkswagen opts for a slightly more understated front fascia, although we cannot confirm whether this is the final design of the production model.
In Brazil, the Nivus has a streamlined engine lineup with a single 1.0-liter turbo block offered with a six-speed automatic transmission. It produces 128 horsepower (95 kilowatts) but a little more variety is expected for Europe, where Volkswagen has promised a selection of “economy TSI engines”. Obviously, this means that no diesel burner will be available, but there could be additional turbo-gas options, as well as new gearbox choices.
Look for the full and official Taigo debut later this year.