New Volkswagen Nivus to hit Europe in the second half of 2021

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John McIlroy

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Volkswagen has confirmed that it will bring its small coupe SUV, the Nivus, to Europe in the second half of 2021.

Originally launched in Brazil last spring, the Volkswagen Nivus is, in effect, the current T-Cross but with a more flowing rear roofline that gives it a slightly sportier profile.


VW has always said that the Nivus would also be made in Europe, alongside its South American production, but no date for a start of production in Europe has been revealed. VW brand boss Ralf Brandstatter confirmed the plan during the company’s annual press conference this morning.

“In the second half of this year we will see the introduction of a new sporty CUV model for Europe,” he said. The accompanying graphic placed the car’s arrival in Q3/Q4 this year, meaning an autumn reveal is likely, with sales likely to begin before winter.

Volkswagen Nivus - front parked

Volkswagen Nivus - front parked
Volkswagen Nivus - front static

Volkswagen Nivus - front static
Volkswagen Nivus - dash

Volkswagen Nivus - dash
Volkswagen Nivus - rear above

Volkswagen Nivus - rear above
Volkswagen Nivus - front

Volkswagen Nivus - front
Volkswagen Nivus - side

Volkswagen Nivus - side
Volkswagen Nivus - front

Volkswagen Nivus - front
Volkswagen Nivus - front action

Volkswagen Nivus - front action
Volkswagen Nivus - rear detail

Volkswagen Nivus - rear detail
Volkswagen Nivus - rear

Volkswagen Nivus - rear
Volkswagen Nivus - front above

Volkswagen Nivus - front above

The Nivus sits on the MQB A0 chassis, the smallest version of the VW Group’s modular platform and the same architecture as both the T-Cross compact SUV and the current Polo supermini.

It’s slightly longer than the T-Cross overall, at 4,266mm, but its roofline sits around 10mm lower. The car will give VW a more rakish, style-focused small SUV - a potential rival for the likes of the Toyota C-HR - at a time when sales in this area of the market are expanding.

In South America the car is sold with a single engine option, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, and this is likely to form the core of the European line-up as well. It’s feasible, though, that VW may also offer more potent editions of the vehicle with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit. No diesels or hybrids are likely to feature, partly to help keep pricing more affordable.

Brandstatter also confirmed, meanwhile, that the Polo and T-Roc models are to get facelifts this year to “enhance design, quality and digitalisation”. The supermini is expected to receive its updates before the summer, while the larger T-Roc SUV’s refresh is pencilled in for the final quarter of 2021.

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