New parquet flooring VW Tharu or modified Skoda Karoq?
Volkswagen Tharu , aka “mini-Teramont”, aka Skoda Karoq twin brother. How much does a German crossover look like Skoda Karoq, what will be the engines and other technical stuffing of the car? The name of the crossover VW Tharu is not a random set of letters. On the border of India and Nepal there is a people with the same name Tharu.
However, why the Germans decided to name their car after an Indian tribe remains a mystery. For the first time, a relative of Skoda Karok was presented to the audience in April 2018. The main audience is residents of big cities, who lead an active lifestyle and would like to move on a quality and at the same time inexpensive SUV from a well-known brand. The whole Volkswagen model range.
New Bodywork Design
A quick glance at VW Tharu photo is enough to see in the new crossover already familiar appearance of Skoda Karoq. Everything is exactly the same, from the shape of the doors to the arches. The only thing that has changed is the design of the front end – here Volkswagen Tharu looks more like a Teramont.
Among other unique differences are LEDs of headlights and mirrors, which are installed on the legs. By the way, the rear side windows are much smaller. The VW Tharu crossover almost repeats Tiguan in size. The body length is 4.45 meters, and the width is 1.84 meters. The car is not very high (163 cm), the wheelbase size is 268 cm.
Saloon of a new crossover
The interior of Volkswagen Tharu is not fully disclosed. It is possible that it will be “drawn” by analogy with Skoda Kodiak and Teramont. Ergonomics will be adjusted to the smallest detail, the car will get a 5-seater layout and a spacious trunk. In normal condition, its volume should be at least 500 liters.
VW Tharu will be equipped with a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a front drive as standard. It has a power of 125 horsepower, six-speed gearbox ICPC. To hundreds of crossovers accelerate in 10.5 seconds, developing 190 km/h at maximum. Average consumption is small – only 6.5 liters.
If you order a model Volkswagen Tharu with an optional robot, neither economy nor dynamics will change. The version with 150 hp motor is equipped with a “robot” by default. The result has grown considerably – 198 km/hour of speed, 9,2 sec. acceleration. Fuel consumption is 6.8 l.
The most effective is the flagship version on which to install the turbo-diesel. Acceleration ends at 200 km/h, the consumption has decreased to 6.1 l/100 km. To reach the first hundred, it will take 9.3 seconds for Thar to crossover.
What equipment is available for car enthusiasts?
Package list is quite extensive and includes four versions:
- Trendline. Even the basic car enthusiast will have access to the following: seat heating, lockable remote control, aluminium discs. Glass lifts are fully electric. There is an initial audio system. Safety is the responsibility of the stabilization system, airbags and fog lights. Also available parking brake, Bluetooth. Additional painting of the whole body is available for 18 000 rubles.
- Comfortline. The 150 hp turbo engine is not the only advantage of the Comfortline. Compared to the base, the list of equipment was supplemented by parktronic, rain/light sensors, headlights with LEDs. The engine is started by one button, there is a tire pressure sensor, automatic parking.
- City package is equipped with adaptive headlights and elite leather trim, electric seats, massage function.
- Highline is characterized by the use of options such as: 150 hp engine as basic equipment, all the above functions, panoramic roof, navigation system. All-wheel drive cars with multi-disc clutch will also be available.
What’s the price of Volkswagen Tharu?
The novelty is built on the basis of Skoda and is an affordable alternative for those who can not afford expensive Tiguan. The car is oriented to South and North America. Nevertheless, VW Tharu is available from official dealers in Russia for 1 million 339 thousand rubles. The price of the flagship version in the maximum configuration reaches 2 million 59 thousand rubles.
Given the decent technical characteristics of the VW Tharu and its attractive appearance, Volkswagen has managed to implement the principle of “Big car for small money”. According to the latest data, global dealers will start selling Tharu in 2020. Russian sales will start earlier – in the middle of 2019.
Volkswagen promised to adapt Tharu for the Russian Federation by installing such unique options as a reinforced battery, crankcase protection, and an enlarged washer tank. Unlike other markets, the 110 hp 1.6-litre engine should be available for Russia. Three-cylinder engines with supercharging are not expected yet.