Fully developed and built at Volkswagen’s factory Anchieta, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, the Nivus Coupe SUV is Volkswagen’s latest B-SUV offering. Based on the MQB-A0 platform instead of the more expensive Golf’s MQB platform, the VW Nivus Coupe SUV offers consumers something different, particularly in comparison to the VW T-Cross. More specifically, the Nivus offers a different design profile. In regards to launch and available, consumers in Brazil, Argentina, and other South American countries will be able to purchase this car locally starting from the end of June 2020. However, consumers in Europe will have to wait until 2021 to be able to purchase the car locally. Keeping this in mind, here’s a detailed review of the Nivus Coupe SUV.
Between the axles (wheelbase), the VW Nivus measures 100.79 inches (2.56 meters), meaning it has the same wheelbase as the VW Polo hatchback. Bumper to bumper, the car measures 167.9 inches (4.26 meters), and therefore, it is slightly longer than the T-Cross. In terms of width and height, the VW Nivus measures 69.2 inches (1.76 meters) and 58.8 inches (1.49 meters), respectively. By way of comparison, the VW Nivus is as wide as the T-Cross, but significantly lower. Moreover, the former has a lower roofline compared to the latter. On the storage capacity front, the VW Nivus offers 415 liters (14.6 cu ft), making it one of the roomiest cars in its category.
Thanks to its plastic body cladding and higher ground clearance, the Nivus has a rugged exterior appearance, especially when you compare it to the VW Polo hatchback. The VW Nivus comes with LED headlights as well as LED daytime running lights attached to a sporty-looking bumper. Above the bumper, you’ll find a slim front grille complete with chrome horizontal slates. Besides the aforementioned bumper, the car also has a sloped roofline, which gives it a sporty stance.
Unsurprisingly, the South American version of the Nivus Coupe SUV features a three-cylinder engine that is widely associated with the Volkswagen Group. More precisely, the car comes with a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that can run on either petrol or ethanol (E85). Badged 200 TSI, the powertrain can produce up to 116 PS (114 HP) and 128 PS (126 HP) when running on petrol and ethanol, respectively. Making use of six-speed automatic transmission to send power from the engine to the wheels, the VW Nivus is only available in front-wheel drive.
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The base version of the VW Nivus comes with myriad safety features including plastic protections on the slides, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), Fatigue Detector, reversing camera, KESSY, and starting aid on ramps (HHC). Depending on the trim level, you may also get Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) as well as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
Launching in mid-June, the Nivus Coupe SUV is a B-SUV developed and manufactured in Brazil by the Volkswagen Group. Featuring 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that can run on either petrol or ethanol, the car will hit the European market in 2021.
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Krista Rodriguez is a Portland native working in the automotive industry for the past 18 years. An active member of the community, Krista volunteers within Tigard Tualatin School District and serves as the Treasurer for the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools.