The updated Volkswagen Tharu was tracked down on tests in Germany. The compact crossover, sold in China and South America, was caught in spy photos with camouflage in the headlights. This new product will go on sale in 2023.
More and more Asian or South American Volkswagen group models are being tested and refined in Europe. The latest novelty for these large markets, where the German brand is present and exerts strong pressure on its competitors, is the Volkswagen Tharu Facelift 2023. This is how this compact crossover is known in China, although in South America and the USA it is also known as Taos.
The prototype of this two-seater model was seen on tests and in spy photos near the brand’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, showing some camouflage in the headlights and taillights. The light groups were camouflaged, as is customary with Volkswagen. But it also has a little camouflage on the bumper, which slightly changes its design. The radiator grille has also undergone changes.
“The rear part will have a redesigned bumper with a modified skirt. The model will also receive improvements in the interior with better materials and new equipment affecting the digital dashboard, infotainment system, connectivity, and driving assistants.”
The German company intends to conduct tests in Europe in order to adjust the chassis and driving characteristics as accurate as possible, as well as to optimize at the engine level. Volkswagen Tharu is a model developed specifically for China, where it has been on sale since 2018, as well as in the USA and South America thanks to a package of improvements implemented in European models based on the MQB platform.
The mechanical range will remain the same, with engines 1.4 TSI with 150 hp and 2.0 TSI with 185 hp, the first with front-wheel drive and 6 manual transmissions.