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Volkswagen Tharu XR SUV Revealed in China

Volkswagen has been actively seeking a foothold in the Chinese SUV market. Their latest entrant in the market is the Tharu XR. This will find its place between the T-Cross and the Tharu. Its manufacturing will be a part of the Volkswagen-SAIC joint venture in China. Volkswagen has revealed its official photos for the first time. Here is what they revealed:

Design of Tharu XR

The Tharu XR takes inspiration from the T-Cross and Taigun for multiple design elements. On the front, it gets sharp headlights with a full-length LED strip connecting them and massive air intakes on the bumper. It gets fresh alloy wheels on the side and sporty tail lamps with a smoky finish on the rear.  We expect two versions of the SUV, one with chrome accents and the other with blacked-out elements on the bodywork.

It is underpinned by the same MQB A0 platform used for the Taigun and T-cross. At 4,355 mm in length, 1,762 mm in width and 1,605 mm in height, it is 134 mm longer than the Taigun while sharing a similar width and height. It has a wheelbase of 2651 mm, which is also identical to the Taigun and T-Cross. 

The powertrain of Tharu XR 

We expect Volkswagen to offer two engines with the Tharu XR: a 1.5L Naturally Aspirated petrol and a 1.5L turbo petrol version. The turbocharged engine produces 158 hp and 250 Nm of torque. This engine would be paired with a 7-speed automatic DSG.

Interiors and Features of Tharu XR

Volkswagen has not revealed the interior of the Tharu XR yet, and the same holds true for its features. However, we expect it to come standard with features like a panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, leather seats, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment display, electric ORVMs, and a wireless phone charger. On the safety front, we expect it to have ESP, reverse camera, rear traffic alert, electronic parking brake with auto hold function, and traction control. 

Price of Tharu XR

Volkswagen might price the  Tharu XR between the T-cross and the Standard Tharu. Currently, the T-cross costs Rs 13.32 Lakh, while the Tharu is sold for Rs 18.23 Lakh in China.  

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TopGear Magazine July 2024