Volkswagen Tharu XR SUV Debut: An evolution of Taigun 2024

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Volkswagen has unveiled the brand-new Tharu XR, a little SUV reserved for the Chinese market. This new model sticks out as an expanded and upgraded version of the Volkswagen Taigun, which is well-known to Indian customers, and is positioned between the bigger Tharu and the smaller T-Cross. Let’s examine the features, attributes, and potential market effects of this fascinating new car.

Volkswagen Tharu XR 2024

A Deeper Look into the Volkswagen Tharu XR

Despite being built on the Taigun, the Volkswagen Tharu XR has a number of aesthetic and practical improvements that set it apart from other models. The new Tiguan L Pro’s design elements are used to give the older model a more contemporary and futuristic look.

Front Design

  • LED headlights and DRLs: The Tharu XR’s front end is equipped with a daytime running light (DRL) strip that runs the length of the car, connecting the stylish LED headlights. The Tharu XR now has a visually arresting and well-balanced front appearance.
  • Grille and Bumper: In keeping with current design trends, the grille and bumper have been revised to give a more aggressive and athletic appearance.
Volkswagen Tharu XR

Rear Design

  • Taillights and Light Bar: The vehicle’s current looks are further enhanced by the rear sports wraparound smoked LED taillights, which are joined by a center light bar with transparent lenses.
  • Rear Bumper: Adding a little of elegance and roughness, the bigger rear bumper has brushed metal trim.

Its longer length is one of the main distinctions between the Taigun and the Tharu XR. With a length of 4,355 mm, the Tharu XR is 134 mm longer than the Taigun, although it has the same 2,651 mm wheelbase. The longer rear overhang, which provides greater storage room and a more symmetrical look, is especially noticeable.

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Specifications and Performance

Volkswagen’s 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine, which is renowned for its performance and economy, is available in the Tharu XR. With 158 horsepower and 250 Nm of peak torque, the top-spec versions of this engine provide a strong driving experience.

Transmission

  1. DSG Automatic: The Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic gearbox, which powers the Tharu XR, is renowned for its seamless and rapid gear changes.
  2. Manual Option: To accommodate varying driving tastes, a manual gearbox option is probably also offered.
Volkswagen Tharu XR

Comfort and Interior Features

Volkswagen has not yet made the Tharu XR’s interior public, although many elements are anticipated to be similar to those of the Taigun, which is offered in India. The interior most likely consists of:

  • Panoramic Sunroof: The panoramic sunroof gives the interior a feeling of spaciousness and airiness.
  • Electric Tailgate and ORVMs: An electric tailgate and electrically ajustable, folding outer rearview mirrors increase convenience.
  • Leather Seats: Giving the cabin an opulent feel.
  • Infotainment System: An expansive touchscreen display with contemporary connectivity possibilities is the infotainment system.
  • Wireless Charging: For simple, cord-free phone charging, use wireless charging.
  • Cruise control: For a more leisurely experience when driving on a highway.

Pricing and Market Positioning 

Manufacturing, and Sales
SAIC-Volkswagen, a joint venture established especially for the Chinese market, will manufacture the Tharu XR. In order to fill a void in the small SUV market, Volkswagen positioned the Tharu XR between the T-Cross and the bigger Tharu.

Cost-Management Plan
Although the Tharu XR’s precise price has not yet been revealed, it is anticipated that it will be priced affordably. Starting prices for the T-Cross and basic Tharu are respectively ¥115,900 (about Rs 13.32 lakh) and ¥158,600 (about Rs 18.23 lakh). The Tharu XR offers a well-balanced combination of affordability and cutting-edge capabilities, with a price that is expected to fall between these two models.

Volkswagen Tharu XR 2024

Consequences for Volkswagen in the Future

Despite being limited to China at the moment, the Tharu XR’s features and design might have an impact on upcoming changes to other models in Volkswagen’s international portfolio. For example, the Taigun redesign that is anticipated in the upcoming years may have some of the Tharu XR’s cosmetic upgrades.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Volkswagen made a strategic move. With the introduction of the VW Tharu XR, the company’s lineup of small SUVs in China has grown strategically. By using the design cues from the Tiguan L Pro and building on the Taigun’s popularity, Volkswagen has produced a car that caters to the changing needs of Chinese buyers.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is based on publicly available sources and may not be 100% accurate.

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